Winner of Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award announced

Waste consultant Kat Heinrich has won the annual Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award for her contributions to SA’s waste industry.

Ms Heinrich, a senior consultant for Rawtec, has delivered a range of projects to help with resource efficiency, disaster waste management, state waste accounting and waste infrastructure planning.

The award, established in memory of Pam Keating, includes $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and conference costs, and mentoring from a senior woman executive in the industry.

SA Environment Minister Ian Hunter said he was delighted to present the award to Ms Heinrich.

“Kat’s new project will address the global issue of food waste by investigating best-practices in Denmark, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United States and using this research to drive a step change in food waste reduction and recovery in SA,” Mr Hunter said.

“Congratulations to Kat for her dedication and vision to further SA’s reputation as leader in recycling and resource recovery.”

Ms Heinrich has recently started a blog to share best practices in food waste management from cities globally.

“I am passionate about addressing food waste, which is a significant issue globally, and through this award aim to stimulate a step-wise change in SA,” she said.

“While SA leads the country in waste and resource recovery practices, food waste particularly in the household stream, remains a significant challenge and opportunity for the state.

“Addressing food waste is an important step in transitioning SA to a more circular economy through compost production or other beneficial interventions.”

She said the project will identify potential initiatives that may help SA to take this next step to reduce food waste.

Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award nominations open

Nominations are now open to recognise the contributions of emerging and established women leaders in the waste management and circular economy sector.

The recipient of the second annual Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award will receive up to $5000 to help toward a project inspiring innovation and practical new ideas in the sector, as well as mentoring from a senior woman executive also working in that field. The $5000 will also help assist with travel, accommodation and conference costs.

The Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award was established in memory of Pam Keating, a noted environmentalist and waste management expert who passionately believed in the importance of reducing waste and its impact on the environment.

South Australian Environment Minister Ian Hunter said the award encourages talented South Australian woman to undertake a project which will inspire innovation and practical ideas in the areas of waste management and the circular economy.

“South Australia’s reputation for leadership in the waste management and related sectors is based on the vision, persistence and passion of game changers willing to step out of their comfort zone and to advocate for our clean and green environment,” he said.

Inaugural 2016 Award winner Fiona Jenkins said it was an honour to be encouraged to pursue her research into kerbside recycling in the world’s top recycling cities.

“My project uncovered the secrets to lifting our household recycling rates from 50 per cent to up to 80 per cent, using variations on the three-bin system we have now,” she said.

“I’ll be looking back on lessons learnt from my study tour – which included Portland, Oregon and Flanders in Belgium – for the next 20 years.

The support of my employer, the City of Charles Sturt, reinforced the professional growth I would experience through this program.”

Applications close on 15 December 2017.

For more information, visit Green Industries SA.