Sustainability Victoria has announced finalists for the 2020 Premier’s Sustainability Awards, after receiving the largest number of entires in the award’s history.
Twenty-eight finalists have been announced across 10 categories, with the 2020 winners to be revealed at an online ceremony 16 December.
While the awards celebrate projects across a diverse range of sustainability sectors, this year’s finalist list features an impressive number of waste and resource recovery innovators, including Alex Fraser, who’s Laverton Sustainable Supply Hub is a finalist in the Large Business category.
The Hub is a large recycling facility recovering diverse, high volume, priority waste streams and producing high quality end products needed for infrastructure development.
The Hub not only produces more recycled material than any other facility in the state, but also has established strong end-markets with an urgent demand for recycled products.
Repurpose It is a finalist in the Innovative Products or Services category, with the company identifying an opportunity to recover sands and aggregates from waste soil.
The company’s Australian first Washing Plant is also a finalist in the Small and Medium Enterprise category.
Since launching, the Washing Plant has diverted 148,567 tonnes of construction waste from landfill, ultimately diverting enough CO2 from the atmosphere to offset 1663 Victorian households.
MANRAGS Textile Recycling Initiative is also a finalist in the Small and Medium Enterprises category, which since launching in September 2019, has saved 13,000 kilograms of socks from going to landfill.
Swinburne University and Wyndham City Council are finalists in the Built Environment category.
In a Victorian first, Swinburne University collaborated with Wyndham City Council to produce 339 metres of footpath at Geddes Crescent Park in Hoppers Crossing, comprised of 2.2 tonnes of recycled kerbside waste plastics and 4.8 tonnes of glass fines, equivalent to 199,000 plastic and glass bottles.
To see a full list of finalists click here.