Auswaste FNQ Wins Community Engagement Award

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Auswaste Community Awards 2019

Container Exchange Announces Change Maker Awards

The best and brightest operators from Queensland’s Containers for Change scheme have been recognised at the inaugural Change Maker Awards held October 31, in Brisbane.

Container Refund Point (CRP) operators, logistics providers and processors who were a part of the scheme were invited to nominate for the awards across the categories of Safety, Sustainability, Innovation, Customer Focus and Community Engagement.

An additional award was presented at the event, which was selected from all nominees An additional award was presented at the event, which was selected from all nominees by Mark O’Brien AM, Chair of Container Exchange, the not-for-profit that operates the Containers for Change scheme.

Winners of the awards were:

Arcon Bottles and Cans – Winner Small to Medium Business
TOMRA – Winner Large Business

E&E Waste – Winner Small to Medium Business
Cleanaway – Winner Large Business

IMPACT Community Services – Winner Small to Medium Business
Envirobank – Winner Large Business

Customer Focus
Reef Recycling and Logistics - Winner Small to Medium Business
TOMRA – Winner Large Business

Community Engagement
Auswaste FNQ – Winner Small to Medium Business
TOMRA – Winner Large Business

Chairman’s Award
Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council

The Change Maker Awards were presented to winners on the eve of the first birthday of the Containers for Change scheme by Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Ms Leeanne Enoch.

Ken Noye, CEO of Container Exchange said the achievements of the winners were significant, especially considering some of their businesses were so new.

 “So many of these small businesses did not exist a year ago but these operators have established themselves in new markets, in a new industry and they have achieved great success,” Mr Noye said.

The scheme has provided opportunities for business owners which has, in turn, provided jobs for locals which has improved the well-being of individuals and the communities in which they live.”

Auswaste FNQ owner and operator Kenny Reid said the award win was a real example of communities working together.  “Auswaste accepts this award on behalf of all communities in the Cape and it goes to show that, through a collaborative approach, anything is possible even in the remoteness of Cape York,” he said.

In its first year the Containers for Change scheme has created more than 700 new jobs for Queenslanders, seen more than one billion containers returned and more than $1 million dollars paid in refunds to customers.

Mr Noye said the success of the scheme was a testament to the hard work of operators across the state.
“Our operators are the face of the scheme – engaging and educating customers and promoting the scheme in their local areas,” he said.

“It was a pleasure to be able to recognise our nominees, finalists and winners with these awards and we look forward to seeing more success stories emerge as the scheme matures.”

The awards event also featured the launch of the Change Maker series of short films featuring a range of operators and charities involved in the scheme. You can see their inspiring stories at:

(Author: Media Release 5 November, 2019 - Containers For Change)