Waste and Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Charles Sturt, Fiona Jenkins, has received the inaugural SA Women in Waste Award.
SA Environment Minister Ian Hunter presented Fiona with the award on the opening morning of the Waste SA conference yesterday (Thursday 22 September) at the Stamford Grand in Glenelg, SA.
The 2016 Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award was established in memory of Pam Keating, a noted environmentalist and waste management expert. The award program offers a South Australian woman who is an emerging or established leader working in the waste and resource recovery sector to undertake an investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in South Australia.
Fiona will receive up to $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and conference costs, in addition to mentoring from a senior woman executive working in the sector.
“It is an incredible privilege to receive this award,” said Fiona. “I feel humbled and also really excited to have the opportunity to learn from the very best recyclers in the US and Europe and share my learnings at Charles Sturt and throughout Adelaide.”
With a Masters in Environmental Studies, Fiona Jenkins has worked in the waste and recycling sector since 1999, primarily within local government.
Her achievements include leading the introduction of the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme in western metropolitan Adelaide, and securing high levels of participation in the scheme in the region. Charles Sturt’s Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre was the first to launch the new scheme, which remains well used by residents.
At the awards ceremony, Minister Hunter congratulated Fiona and the other shortlisted nominees for their contribution to keeping South Australia’s waste and resource recovery sector at the forefront of innovation.
Highlighting why the winner was chosen, he said: “Fiona’s project will research how local government can improve the performance of kerbside systems for recycling and organic material by examining different systems and approaches used in Australia and Portland, Oregon in the USA and Flanders in Belgium.
“Through in-depth interviews with people with years of experience in the field, she aims to identify successful approaches used elsewhere which can be considered for metropolitan Adelaide.”
Pictured are, from left to right: Jan Cornish, General Manager Asset Management Services, City of Charles Sturt; Environment Minister Ian Hunter; award winner Fiona Jenkins; and Paul Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, City of Charles Sturt.