Friday, March 1, 2024

Canada Bay cleans up at sustainable cities awards

City of Canada Bay Council has taken home the Resource Recovery and Waste Minimisation Award at the 2022 Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards this week.

The accolade follows the Council’s NSW Overall Sustainable Cities Award win at last year’s ceremony, meaning the City was named host of this year’s awards event.

“As winners of the 2021 NSW Overall Sustainable Cities Award, we were proud to host the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards in the City of Canada Bay this year. It was an especially pleasant surprise to also be acknowledged for our Resource Recovery and Waste Strategy,” said City of Canada Bay Mayor, Angelo Tsirekas.

Sponsored by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority, the award recognised the City of Canada Bay’s first Resource Recovery and Waste Strategy, which sets the City’s pathway toward zero waste.  

In its first year on the pathway to zero waste, the Council has implemented several projects to achieve its goals to increase recycling and reuse, and reduce litter, greenhouse gas emissions and waste sent to landfill. These projects included apartment recycling and composting programs, a household recycling pick-up service, illegal dumping trials, the Love Your Place clean-up program and more.

“It was an honour to be recognised for our leadership in sustainability last year, and this year’s win reflects the ongoing work we are doing locally to achieve zero waste to landfill and build a more climate resilient City,” Mayor Tsirekas said.

Council has continued to deliver innovative waste programs and services, and successfully applied for a grant to begin a new Food Organics and Garden Organics collection trial this year.

The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards ceremony was held at Oliveto Ristorante & Bar in Rhodes and featured guest speakers including Guido Verbist from Revolve ReCYCLING, Tracy Chalk from Penrith City Council, and City of Canada Bay’s Sustainability Project Officer, Ju’eta Amir, who spoke about building biodiversity and urban canopy in the City of Canada Bay.

To read more about what the City of Canada Bay is doing to work towards zero waste, visit our website.
 

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