AlburyCity is the national winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns awards for Resource Recovery and Waste Management and Environmental Sustainability – Energy.
The resource recovery award recognises Albury’s leadership in recycling thousands of tonnes of goods that would otherwise go into landfill. The award acknowledges the city’s success in waste education, such as a new SMART education centre, and the significance of the AWARE Upcycle Shop as an enterprise making a difference in social and environmental fields.
The energy award recognises Albury’s work in developing renewable energy options, with solar power now making a significant contribution to reducing council’s carbon footprint.
AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said the people of Albury and surrounds were the real award winners.
“These are enormously significant awards that recognise the industry-leading practices at the Albury Waste Management Centre, but none of it could happen without the support and enthusiasm of our community,” he said.
“By embracing the resource recovery message, local residents and businesses are making an important contribution to a cleaner and more sustainable future for our children and grandchildren.”
Andrea Baldwin, AlburyCity’s Team Leader Resource Recovery said the city was proud to be acknowledged for leading the way in resource recovery and alternative energy.
“We’ve been working together on a long-term plan to significantly change the way we as a community manage and recycle our waste, with the aim of not only halving the amount of waste buried at our landfill, but also ensuring that today’s young people are educated and highly engaged on ways of creating a cleaner world into the future,” she said.
Cr Mack congratulated the other award winners for achieving remarkable success towards a common goal of improving Australia’s environmental and social health.
“We’re seeing councils, and their communities, across Australia embracing the amazing goal of creating a more sustainable world and it was exciting to be part of a talented group that’s making such a difference in varying but equally important fields,” he said.
The Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards began in 1968 in Western Australia and have been national since 1990.
The awards have evolved to encompass projects and initiatives with a focus on environmental sustainability and resource management.
The 2021 awards were presented during an online ceremony on 3 September.
For more information visit: sustainablecommunities.com.au/2021-awards/2021-winners/