Western Australians at the forefront of recycling efforts have been recognised at the inaugural Change Maker Awards.
The awards, hosted by the state’s container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, celebrate the achievements of refund point operators, community groups and schools.
Containers for Change was launched by the McGowan Government in October 2020 to save recyclable materials from landfill, reduce litter, create employment opportunities, and enable a fundraising stream for charities, community groups and schools.
There are 253 container refund points throughout the state, operated by a range of businesses and social enterprises.
The inaugural Change Maker Awards recognised 34 finalists across seven categories.
Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers refund point in Northam, took out the top award as Change Maker of the Year. The award recognised the refund point that best demonstrated excellence across safety outcomes, customer service, innovation, community engagement and local marketing.
Six of the seven award recipients are based in regional WA, including Avonvalley.
Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said Western Australians have embraced Containers for Change, returning hundreds of millions of 10c containers in the first year of operation.
“I congratulate each of the 2021 Change Maker Award recipients, finalists and entrants for their passion and dedication to reducing recyclable materials going to landfill, providing employment opportunities and supporting their communities.”
2021 Change Maker of the Year Award recipients were: Safety – City of Bunbury Refund Point, Bunbury; Customer Focus – Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers, Northam; Innovation – North West Recycling, Karratha; Community Engagement – Good Sammy Enterprises; Local Marketing Initiative – Care for Hedland Environmental Association; Community Participant of the Year – Old Bastards Association, Carnarvon; School of the Year – Borden Primary School, Borden; Change Maker of the Year – Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers, Northam
For more information visit:www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/change-maker-awards