Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) Chairperson Peter Wadewitz has received an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List 2020.
According to an AORA statement, Wadewitz’s recognition for his contribution to the organics recycling industry is richly deserved.
“AORA as an organisation, and the organics recycling industry nationally, have benefited hugely from his long and visionary leadership,” the statement reads.
“Peter has been an integral part of AORA since 2012 as a foundation Director, and more recently as Chairperson since 2017.”
Wadewitz has been commercially processing compost for close to 50 years and is the Managing Director of Peats Soil & Garden Supplies in South Australia.
He is also the inventor of the BiobiN, an in-vessel composting system offering an alternate solution for businesses in managing their organics.
“This is an unbelievable honour. I am blown away – it is just fantastic. I have no idea who nominated me and it is something you never expect,” Wadewitz said.
“I do what I do because I am so passionate about it. I have been involved in composting for 50 years. You have your head down and your tail up, because you believe in what you are doing.”
Wadewitz has been involved with many organisations such as Waste Management Australia, Compost Australia and Compost for Soils. He won South Australia’s Environmentalist of the year award in 2006.
“Composting is a circular economy in action: you take it from plants, make it into compost and put into the soil to grow more plants,” Wadewitz said.