This award recognises organisations that have implemented practical solutions for clean energy, water saving and conservation, waste avoidance, resource recovery and/or recycling practices.
Resource Efficiency Award
Organisations that are leading the way to conserve resources and reduce waste in New South Wales.
2018 Green Globe Award finalists
Auburn Hospital: Think Before You Bin It
Sometimes people with seemingly the least amount of influence in an organisation can make a massive difference.
At Auburn Hospital, it was the cleaners – the instigators of Think Before You Bin It.
Auburn Hospital prides itself on its multicultural heart, staff from so many backgrounds working together. The hospital cleaners took on this environmental challenge going above and beyond their normal duties.
They noticed a marked increase in plastic disposal in 2017 and decided to do something about it by turning the waste into an asset. The general service staff already run a 100% can and bottle recycling program, Cans for Kids. So, redirecting reusable waste seemed like a natural progression.
Now all waste is salvaged if usable. Copious amounts of dressings, surgical supplies and equipment, still in their sterile packing but thrown away past use-by dates is redirected to medical teaching or to Doctors Assisting in South-Pacific Islands. Local wildlife rescues also received much-needed equipment. So far, the program has recycled a significant number of items including 12,000 plastic bowls, and 20,000 articles of clothing
This is done by quiet achievers, largely unseen in the busy environment of a hospital, inspiring all staff to Think Before You Bin It.
Forty thousand pigs is a lot of bacon – but at Blantyre Farms, these porkers are helping to generate power and reduce food waste.
Taking an innovative and holistic approach to sustainability, the farm makes use of what used to be waste by-products for itself and partner businesses.
Pig poo produces profit by creating methane gas. And showing true innovation, Blantyre now harnesses this gas and uses it in generators, creating 2,000 MWh of renewable electricity each year, and so far, removing 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from our atmosphere. Blantyre no longer buys electricity, in fact has sold back $120,000 of renewable power in the last two years, as well as generating and selling carbon credits and large generation. One of their larger expenses is now a revenue item.
Heat produced by the generators is used to nurture baby pigs.
Through long-term partnerships with food processing companies, Blantyre collects food waste and has overcome challenges to create ways to use it as pig feed. The farm also recycles cardboard food waste containers; and by interspersing landfill dumping of 13,500 tonnes of food waste each year, it’s helping its partners towards their goals of zero landfill, saving money and the environment.
Kindershare was conceived when mum Vanouhi Nazarian sat in her small cottage surrounded by near-new baby gear, not wanting to sell in case there were more kids in the future, but having a critical need for space. It was clear that renting or borrowing between strangers was not a popular or trusted option.
Kindershare was born, an idea to make parenting easier and cheaper while encouraging reuse of baby goods. In a sector with time-limited products, reuse is sorely needed to save on parenting costs, and to stop discarded gear ending up in landfill.
It’s a website that helps connect owners and renters of children’s equipment. Families transact with each other in a safe, secure and trusted way. Kindershare provides free listings, insurance coverage and up to 75% of the replacement cost in exchange for a small commission on completed transactions.
With its focus on high-end equipment and top quality, consumers can be sure of using the best without breaking the bank.
In its first year, Kindershare has connected more than 400 families and saved approximately 50 tonnes of greenhouse gasses. The Nazarians say that their main achievement has been helping parents avoid purchasing items that they’ll only use for short periods.
We use more than 3 billion disposable coffee cups and lids each year, mostly non-recyclable.
These end up in our waste system, and also litter our parks and waterways.
Responsible Cafes, run by passionate volunteers, is reducing this waste at its source, working with 3700 cafes across Australia (63% of which are in NSW) to engage customers and change behaviour. There are major environmental benefits – a saving of 30 million cups per year in NSW, which would otherwise go to landfill – but it’s also about stimulating business by encouraging cafes to offer a discount to customers who use their own cup.
Participating cafes receive marketing tools to promote their involvement and are loaded on to a mobile-friendly website so consumers can find their closest Responsible Cafe. This is the first and only free first online platform to link consumers and cafes in this common aim, covering cafes across Australia.
Not only to customers save on coffee costs, they gain satisfaction from reducing waste and reducing their own impact on open spaces and wildlife.
More cafes are steadily coming on board and 17 NSW councils have also joined the campaign. With nearly 25,000 searches each month, there are plans to move it into other disposable plastic items such as cutlery and containers.