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.

$2 million boost for SA’s waste industry

Sixteen projects have received government grants of $2.17 million to improve the infrastructure of South Australia’s waste industry, creating more than 48 new jobs.

Priority has been given to projects which recover materials banned from landfill, such as vegetative matter collected by councils and plastic packaging.

Some of the grants will fund equipment and systems such as:

  • Advanced sorting equipment/system or technology to reduce processing residuals and increase the range of materials recovered
  • Equipment to remove contamination through automated systems for higher value compost and fertiliser products from organic waste processing;
  • Balers and other equipment to enable compacted materials to be more efficiently transported.

The $2.17 million in grants announced includes 16 projects with a total value of $8.79 million.

The funding, offered by Green Industries SA, is from a four-year $26 million investment of waste levy funds in programmes that will increase the capacity of recycling systems and reprocessing infrastructure, the management of household hazardous waste and innovative solutions for problematic waste.

“South Australians are great recyclers and our state continues to lead the country in resource recovery and waste diversion, achieving the highest diversion rate in Australia,” Environment Minister Ian Hunter said.

Projects funded:

Local Government

Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority – $150,000 for in-vessel composting on Kangaroo IsIand
Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority – $83,500 for an autobaler on Kangaroo Island
Mid Murray Council – $47,600 for a transfer station at Bowhill
District Council of Elliston – $70,000 for a Resource Recovery Centre at Elliston
District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula – $32,250 for a mobile baler at Cummins transfer station
District Council of Streaky Bay – $16,600 for a salvage shed at the existing Streaky Bay transfer station

Private sector

Adelaide Hills Recycling – $150,000 for a ballistic separator (Strathalbyn)
Agricycling – $150,000 to improve recovery rates of agricultural plastics (Mallala)
Jeffries Group – $272,500 for an organics granulating fertiliser project (Buckland Park)
Peats Group Ltd – $150,000 for recovery of organics from packaged waste (Langhorne Creek)
Peats Group Ltd – $300,000 resource recovery facility for Upper Spencer Gulf (Port Augusta)
Polybags Pty Ltd – $145,000 for Bio Plastics manufacturing in SA (Netley)
Reclaim PV – $79,000 for a pyrolysis furnace to recycle photovoltaic panels (Dudley Park)
SA Group Enterprises – $150,000 for e-waste and mattress recycling (Underdale)
Trident Plastics – $150,000 for a plastic recycling and palletisation plant (Kilburn)
VISY Recycling – $225,000 for optimised glass recovery and recycling (Wingfield)