By Claire Ottaviano, Comment
IT is no surprise that here in the beautiful Perth Hills and Swan Valley we have a strong force of dedicated individuals and groups aiming to keep our region pristine and waste-free.
Although many unsung heroes remain among us, special recognition for five local recycling and waste champions was welcomed in last week’s announcement of the 2020 Infinity Awards.
The annual Waste Authority Awards recognise individuals, businesses, government, schools, community organisations, not-for-profits and media outlets for their innovative solutions to reduce waste and promote reuse and recycling.
Mundaring’s Wasteless Pantry received the Community Waste award, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council’s Marcus Geisler was named Waste Champion and Kalamunda youngster 12-year-old Georgia Holt the Young Waste Achiever.
Further afield, but still within the Echo News readership, are the Volunteers of Toodyay Museums who claimed the Waste Team of the Year and closer to home, yours truly was very honoured to receive the Media Award.
Special mention also goes to West Greenwood Primary School, a finalist in the Waste Wise School of the Year category.
Whether it be stopping waste going to landfill or keeping our brooks and bushland clear of rubbish, you don’t have to go far to see better waste outcomes being achieved.
From Mundaring mothers Amanda Welschbillig and Jeannie Richardson who started the Wasteless Pantry in 2015, which has now expanded with three stores across Perth, to Miss Holt who holds regular clean-up days at Woodlupine Brook, these projects illustrate the commitment of those who make Perth’s backyard, the Perth Hills, a better and more sustainable place to live.
Echo News is always on the crusade to call-out and end illegal dumping, looking for ways to promote recycling and waste clean-up initiatives and support environmental and sustainability events.
With a shortlist of more than 100 nominations, the calibre of entries was exceptionally high and all those who were nominated should be proud and inspired to continue doing this most honourable work.
Echo News congratulates all those individuals and organisations going the extra mile to achieve reductions in waste and increase resource recovery.