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2018 winners

Waste Minimisation

Highly Commended - Ausvet 
Ausvet are very conscious of the environment and always looking for ways to reduce their impact and carbon footprint. All their items are sorted into compost, recycling and secure paper with only 2% of waste going to landfill.

Winner - Elections ACT
This year’s waste minimisation winner was hard to beat. Prior to starting the program this large organisation was sending 94% of their waste to landfill. Working with the Actsmart team, Elections ACT have reduced that to an impressive 1%!

Biggest Recycler

Winner - ACT Health Directorate (Canberra Hospital)
The Canberra Hospital separates its waste into nine different streams, and diverted over 250 tonnes from waste to landfill between May 2017 and February 2018. In just two months, 2.5 tonnes of organic waste was processed using their new organics machine, ‘Feed Me Solutions’.

Biggest Recycler - Small Event

Winner - The Earth Festival
The Earth Festival diverted over 368 kg of waste from landfill at their event held in April 2018, and hopes the event will be 100% waste free in the future.

Biggest Recycler - Large Event

Highly Commended - Kicks Entertainment Events/Oktoberfest Parklands 2017
Over 5,000 people attended last year’s event. With five waste streams available 1,950 kg of material was recycled including bottles, cans and cardboard resulting in more than 67% of total waste diverted from landfill.

Winner - National Multicultural Festival
The 2018 festival attracted more than 200,000 patrons, who recycled an outstanding 8,829 kg that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

Energy and Water Star

Winner - Spielwelt German Parents Association & Pfadfinder Scout Group
As a result of energy efficient upgrades by the association and scout group, electricity use reduced by more than 5,100 kWh, eliminating 4 tonnes of CO2 pollution and saving over $1,000 on electricity bills per year.

Small Business Award

Winner - Bond Hair Religion
This salon has committed to making environmental changes. Easy dry towels are 100% water saving and biodegradable. New water efficient taps have reduced water use by 56%. A new shampoo buy back scheme helps customers recycle. Only 13% of waste is sent to landfill.

Corporate Award

Winner - Little National Hotel
Little National Hotel is environmentally savvy, reducing printed pages from more than 150,000 per year to zero to become completely paperless. The hotel has installed over 100 solar panels, which produce more than a third of the power used at the hotel.

Motivation Excellence

Winner - Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre
The QEII Family Centre has been helping families since 1926. The team put together a short film to motivate and educate staff and visitors on the importance of responsible waste management, encouraging them to make conscious decisions when dealing with their waste.

Winner - US Embassy Canberra
The US Embassy’s Canberra Greening Initiative team finds new ways to motivate staff and family members to improve sustainable business practices. Their ‘Art from trash’ competition proved to be a successful motivator, and allowed people of all ages to be a part of a great initiative.

Innovation Excellence

Highly Commended - Design Construct Industries
This construction company has sustainable practices and has creatively used plastic drink bottles and rice husks to replace up to 20% of aggregate without reducing the strength of the wall being built.

Winner - Ginninderry Joint Venture
‘The Link’ by Ginninderry is a sustainability focused education facility that showcases sustainable building design and practices. Thinking outside the box, ‘The Link’ has implemented solar panels, organic compounds and its very own ‘Air Bee and Bee’—a native bee hotel.

Ministers Award for Leadership

Winner - Jenni Tarrant - Bond Hair Religion
Jenni Tarrant, owner of Bond Hair Religion has been in the hairdressing industry for more than 35 years. Jenni prides herself on the success of her salon and is responsible for developing the initiative to make a positive environmental change by reducing waste dramatically within the salon.