Premier’s Awards finalists announced

Premier's Sustainability awards finalists

A Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, an Ambulance Victoria paramedic and a Melbourne tourism operator have been recognised for their work in waste reduction and the circular economy in the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

Jo Algie, Ambulance Victoria Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic and Team Manager developed a program about taking less from the planet and sharing more with the people who inhabit it, after noticing many old uniforms were left lying around.

The Uniform Recycling Program recycles Ambulance Victoria uniforms, donating thousands of clothing items, work boots and dress shoes, to people in need. In 2020, the program donated, recycled or re-homed more than 12,300 items.

Wild Adventures Melbourne (WAM) is a social enterprise and tour operator, looking to set a new best-practice benchmark through regenerative practices within the tourism industry.

WAM created a strategy to operate at sub-zero waste, which included causing no waste while delivering their tours, and leaving each location cleaner than they found it.

Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board implemented a waste sorting station and glass pulveriser. With about 60 to 70 tonnes of glass product collected annually from the Mt Hotham Village, the board aims to “close the loop” and achieve zero waste to landfill in the near future. It is diverting 66 per cent of total waste generated by the village from landfill.

Thirty-five finalists leading the transition to a circular economy have been selected in the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Award, now in their 19th year. Six new categories have been introduced this year to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Two winners will be announced in each category of the Premier’s Awards: a Community Champion award recognising individual and small organisations, and an Industry Leader award celebrating medium and large organisations driving a sustainable future.

The 2021 winners will be announced at an online ceremony in November.

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