Friday, June 21, 2024

Brisbane to crown local waste warriors

Brisbane residents are being encouraged to cast their vote and help crown the winner of Brisbane City Council’s 2023 WasteSMART People’s Choice Award.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said 31 finalists had been nominated in the prestigious People’s Choice category for going above and beyond in their efforts to make the city clean, green and sustainable.

“Brisbane is recognised as Australia’s cleanest and greenest capital city and I want to make sure it gets even better for future generations,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“The WasteSMART People’s Choice Award recognises individuals, community groups and businesses who undertake waste smart activities with a $350 prize up for grabs.

“Some of the finalists include charity and not-for-profit groups who work incredibly hard to divert all types of waste from landfill, including food, clothes and textiles, and unusable medical waste.

“There are also innovative businesses nominated this year who are utilising worm farms, establishing their own produce gardens, and creating dedicated in-house sustainability teams.”

The Lord Mayor said the WasteSMART Awards were a fantastic way to encourage residents to think about simple changes they could make to improve sustainability.

“Just like the 2023 finalists, we’re committed to keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable, while keeping costs down for residents,” he said.

“We’re carefully trialling food waste recycling in 6000 homes and more than 13,000 residents have taken advantage of our $70 compost and worm farm rebates.

“You can supersize your yellow top recycling bin for free, since we waived the establishment fee.

“Since July, we’ve made it easier and cheaper for residents to dispose of their green waste by halving the price of our green top bins to less than $1 a week.”

Public voting opens today, Tuesday 3 October, and closes on Monday 16 October.

Find a full list of finalists and to cast your vote on the WasteSMART Awards website: https://www.wastesmartawards.com.au/vote.

The WasteSMART Awards are managed by Brisbane Sustainability Agency on behalf of Brisbane City Council and proudly sponsored by Containers for Change Queensland, Cleanaway and The University of Queensland.

A ceremony will be held at Brisbane City Hall in November to announce the winners of the 12 WasteSMART Award categories, which have a combined prize pool of more than $4000.

For more information and to vote, go to www.wastesmartawards.com.au/.

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