2017 WMAA Women in the Environment Award winner

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has announced the winner of its 2017 WMAA Women in the Environment Award at its Victoria Branch Christmas Dinner – Jade Barnaby.

The award recognises the achievements of women in the environment industry. Two years ago, the award was opened nationally to all eligible women who have made a significant contribution to environmental sustainability in Australia over the past five years.

Jade Barnaby. Source: WMAA

WMAA said Ms Barnaby played a significant role in product stewardship issues at Sustainability Victoria, including helping to launch Paintback, the national scheme for paint waste and packaging collection/recycling, and managing the Victorian battery take-back program. Ms Barnaby also assisted in expanding the National Product Stewardship List to include photovoltaic systems. She is currently developing a verification process for cradle to grave tyre recycling in her role as National Accreditation and Compliance Manager with Tyre Stewardship Australia.

“It’s pleasing to see the depth and number of nominations reflecting the important role of women in changing the face of the waste management industry,” said Blue Environment’s¬†Christine Wardle.

“Continued cooperation and collaborative work across all sectors of industry and Government, as well as trying different approaches and risking failure, is required if we are going to tackle the increasing complex challenges of waste management and other environmental and sustainability issues,” said Jade.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank WMAA and Blue Environment for supporting and recognising all the amazing women who are part of our exciting industry. My gratitude is also extended to all those inspiring and encouraging individuals, both male and female, who have been part of my journey to date and who continue to make a positive difference in our industry.”