REMONDIS’s Chris Wade claimed the coveted Leader of the Year award at the 2023 Waste Innovation and Recycling Awards announced last night.
The award, sponsored by COG Advertising, capped off a big night for REMONDIS, which also won the Operational Excellence award for its Wollongong facility.
Several hundred people joined the celebrations at a gala presentation dinner hosted by podcaster and comedian Veronica Milsom at Aerial on South Wharf in Melbourne.
Wade, the manager of REMONDIS Wollongong, has long thought that recognising and supporting the diverse interests of local employees pays dividends for individuals, the wider team and the community.
“I have magnificent staff,” Wade said accepting the award. “To me, being a leader is about doing everything I can for my staff and everyone who works for me because I’ve found my staff do everything they can for me.”
The Outstanding Warr Project – Regional award went to Scenic Rim Regional Council for its Disaster Waste Management Project, while Merri-Bek City Council won the Outstanding Warr Project – Metro for its Kerbside Waste Reform (KWR) Project.
ReSource Innovative Recycling Solutions won the Outstanding Facility Award, sponsored by CDE Global.
FOGO success with an engaged community earned Maroondah City Council the Community Engagement Success of the Year award, sponsored by VISY.
BINGO Industries’ Shiloh Ainuu was named Young Professional of the Year, sponsored by REMONDIS Australia, while Repurpose It’s Jelena Hercegovac was crowned Woman of Waste, sponsored by Re.Group.
SMEC Australia Pty Ltd took home the WIAR Workplace of the Year award, sponsored by BINGO Industries.
Entyr Limited won the Innovation Award, sponsored by Veolia, with its Entyr Thermal Conversion Process.
Find a full list of finalists here