Yume Food wins three Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Yume Food has won three awards at the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards, including the esteemed Premier’s Recognition Award.

The company was recognised for its efforts in developing an online marketplace for quality surplus food, reducing waste and landfill impact.

Earlier at the awards’ ceremony, Yume won the Innovative Products or Services, and the Small and Medium Enterprises categories.

The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was presented by Victorian Government Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio to Gannawarra Shire Council for a program that puts sustainability at the heart of its local economic future, featuring the first large scale solar farm and battery storage in Victoria.

Yume Food connects suppliers with buyers to help mitigate the 9.5 million tonnes of food that annually goes to landfill in Australia.

Primary producers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers can be left with tonnes of surplus food for a variety of reasons, and a lack of time or the contacts to re-sell it. When they provide product details and information to Yume, it is then uploaded to the marketplace and made available to a growing network of buyers.

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Yume Food aims to facilitate a seamless transaction between the buyer and supplier, helping to arrange the delivery of goods and can also manage donations to registered food rescue organisations, helping ensure edible food gets to the people who need it most.

Now in their 16th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognise individuals, organisations, governments and businesses working to create a more liveable Victoria for us all.

Sustainability Victoria (SV) Chief Executive Stan Krpan said year-on-year SV sees more Victorians showing leadership and advocating for a cleaner, healthier environment.

“Entrants continue to delight us with new and better ways to manage waste, water and energy – the Premier’s Sustainability Awards is an ideal showcase to celebrate their success,” Mr Krpan said.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the range of work these organisations demonstrates that sustainability is alive and well in every kind of community, business and government group right across Victoria.

For more information on this year’s finalists and winners, click here.

The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards winners are:

Built Environment:

Lendlease, CPB Contractors, WSP, Aurecon, Level Crossing Removal Authority and Metro Trains Melbourne– Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. Clayton South. The Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project will ease traffic congestion on Melbourne roads through the removal of rail crossings while also providing 22.5 hectares of greenfields linear parkland to local communities.


Kelly Mrocki: The Girl Who Saved the Frogs Incursion. Glen Iris. Kelly Mrocki runs an incursion for Early Childhood Education Services, reading from her books ‘The Girl Who Saved The Frogs’ and ‘The Boy Who Saved The Whale’, and providing hands-on sustainability experiences for our youngest citizens.


Beeac Primary School – Brolga Pathways. Beeac. Students from Beeac Primary School worked with environmental artist Peter Day to develop a project that educates the community about the brolga – a local threatened species – using the arts as a focus.

Environmental Justice:

GWMWater – Memorandum of Understanding with Dja Dja Wurrung – South West Loddon Pipeline. Horsham. A Memorandum of Understanding between GWMWater and Dja Dja Wurrung clans proves that respect for country and major infrastructure development can work hand in hand.

Environmental Protection:

Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Parks – When Balloons Fly. Parkville. A campaign by Zoos Victoria and Philip Island Nature Parks known as When Balloons Fly, Seabirds Die encourages people to use bubbles instead of balloons at outdoor events, reducing plastic pollution and saving marine life.


City of Melbourne, City of Moreland, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra – Melbourne Renewable Energy Project. Melbourne. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project marks the first time in Australia that a group of local governments, cultural institutions, universities and corporations have collectively purchased renewable energy from a newly built facility.


Beaconsfield Dental – Beaconsfield Dental Health. Berwick. A dental practice in Berwick leads the way in sustainability through features such as 126 solar panels, water tanks, energy efficient fittings, indigenous garden, dental product recycling programs and an electric car charger for patients’ use.

Innovative Products or Services:

Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste. Windsor.  Yume is an online marketplace for quality surplus food products that connects suppliers with buyers – the business model ensures that all good food is enjoyed, which is better for consumers’ pocket and for the planet.

Large Business:

IKEA Richmond – IKEA Richmond Refurbishment Project. Richmond. A major refurbishment of the IKEA Richmond outlet has been achieved using key sustainability and energy saving principles, and is now used to teach the value of sustainability principles to customers, staff and the broader community.

Small and Medium Sized Business:

Yume Food – Build a Marketplace Exclusively for Surplus Food to Reduce Food Waste. Windsor. Yume is an online marketplace for quality surplus food products that connects suppliers with buyers to help mitigate the 9.5 million tonnes of food that annually goes to landfill.

People’s Choice: 

Compost Revolution is an online community education and logistics platform designed to scale household organics recovery.

It provides residents with composting, worm farming and bokashi fermentation skills and access to subsidised equipment, delivering products to their door on behalf of councils.

The platform helps councils meet landfill reduction targets, and divert money that would have been spent on tip fees, haulage and other costs, into organics recovery infrastructure. This delivers long-term cost savings and other benefits, while building more resilient communities and generating a more positive profile for councils.

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