Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    School teacher wastes nothing to champion recycling

    15/09/2016 9:30 AM
    • Emmanuel Catholic College teacher recognised for water and recycling efforts
    • Schools, businesses, government and communities awarded

    Environment Minister Albert Jacob has announced this year's winners in the Liberal National Government's Infinity Awards that recognise waste reduction and recycling efforts in Western Australia.


    At the Waste and Recycle 2016 Conference today, Mr Jacob said the awards provided important recognition for projects that helped change people's behaviour around waste and recycling in line with the Western Australian Waste Strategy: Creating the right environment.


    "The Infinity Awards reflect the passion and inventiveness of waste reduction and recycling projects that inform and inspire the wider community," he said.


    "The diverse entries this year show the value of efforts made by schools, community groups, businesses and government to reduce waste and I applaud the contributions made by all.


    "While the State's performance has improved recently, we can still do better when it comes to recycling."


    Emmanuel Catholic College teacher Kylie Kingdon was awarded the 2016 Waste Champion category, for introducing initiatives that resulted in nearly 90 per cent of the college's drink cans being recycled.  She also introduced initiatives for all canteen food scraps to be sent to worm farms and 50 per cent fewer bottles of water being sold at the college.


    Mindarie Regional Council, which worked to stop glass contamination in general waste bins, was awarded the local government category, while Perth Zoo's conversion of animal waste into compost landed the State Government category.


    The other Infinity Award winners include the Waste Wise Schools, Emmanuel Catholic College; Bristile Roofing and WA Brickmatch in the business category; and West Arthur Community Resource Centre in the community category.


    Fact File

    • WA's Infinity Awards have been recognising excellence in waste reduction and recycling since 2010
    • 1.4 tonnes of waste was sent to landfill in 2014-15 for each person in WA - equivalent to the weight of a compact car
    • For more information on the awards, visit http://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5800



    2016 Infinity Awards winners


    Waste Champion winner - Kylie Kingdon

    An Emmanuel Catholic College teacher who is highly active in waste policy and education at the school. Kylie's work resulted in major recycling outcomes at the college, and she presented workshops to other schools, Murdoch University and the City of Cockburn.


    Waste Wise Schools winner - Emmanuel Catholic College

    Tackles the issues of reduce, re-use and recycle through a litter task force and Enviro Club and an investment in the Waste Wise Schools cross-curriculum project 'Message in a bottle'.


    Business joint winner - Bristile Roofing

    Provides source separation at construction sites to reclaim roofing tile offcuts for recycling and re-use within the tile factory. This free service results in reduced landfill costs for builders and generates materials for re-use, saving on energy and production costs.


    Business joint winner - WA Brickmatch

    Established a recycling team to clean bricks for re-use and diverted 4,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste in one year.  Its services include providing difficult to source discontinued products to home renovators, by developing partnerships with tradesmen and demolition companies.


    Local government winner - Mindarie Regional Council

    Reduced glass contamination in green lid general waste bins through a 'No Glass' behaviour change campaign.  Member local councils achieved a glass contamination reduction of between 42 to 54 per cent.


    Community winner - West Arthur Community Resource Centre

    Located within a small relatively isolated community with remote farms, the centre built itself into a central collection point for recyclable materials that do not go into yellow lid recyclable bins.


    State Government winner - Perth Zoo

    Perth Zoo developed an inventive solution for animal waste that resulted in an Australian standard compost product and a 74 per cent reduction in organics to landfill.  The Creature Compost product is available to the public and converted at cost into an income stream.


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