The Product Stewardship Excellence Awards have been launched and will be Australia’s first awards program to recognise the importance of product stewardship nationally.
The awards aim to recognise excellence and action in product stewardship, as well as seek to raise awareness of stewardship in a range of working applications, such as businesses, government, and non-government organisations.
The awards will feature four categories that businesses and non-government organisations can enter.
These include Best Stewardship Outcomes- Scheme or Industry Collective, Best Stewardship Outcomes- Single Business or Brand, Innovation in Industry-Led Product Stewardship Scheme Design and Digitalisation in Product Stewardship.
An additional category, Product Stewardship Champion of the Year, will be directly conferred by the Centre of Excellence.
The awards jury features both international and Australian representatives and has been drawn from business, schemes, government agencies, non-government organisations and research institutions.
Jury members include Tom Metzner, President, Product Stewardship Institute (USA) and Kate Lynch, Head of the Australian Government’s Environment Protection Division, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
The awards open for entries on November 1 and entries close on November 26. Award winners will be announced on December 10.