This award recognises NSW 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.
2019 Green Globe Award winner
Secret Sounds: Splendour in the Grass
Splendour in the Grass is Australia’s biggest outdoor music festival. The annual three-day event attracts 35,000 daily patrons to the North Byron Parklands. With no onsite water connection, Splendour deploys 246 compostable toilets and harvests 1.4 megalitres of rainwater to provide drinking water and showers to festival-goers. Single-use plastic is banned and food vendors use compostable dishes and cutlery. Engaging patrons to maximise resource efficiency has helped Splendour minimise waste and divert 27.5 tonnes of refuse from landfill.
Taronga Conservation Society Australia: Treading Efficiently – For the Wild! - Highly Commended
Taronga Zoo’s vision to secure a shared future for wildlife and people has seen it achieve outstanding sustainability gains. In 2019, it was certified carbon neutral, six years ahead of target, and its 6 Star rating makes it the first zoo to obtain a Green Star rating. Its cutting-edge recycling regimen makes compost from food packaging and turns food waste into electricity. Taronga Zoo is a conservation leader, modelling best practice.
Cross Connections Consulting: Plastic Police
In the last two years, Plastic Police has diverted the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags from landfill. The program is a true circular economy initiative with collection of soft plastics being recycled into products for use by participating councils and organisations. Some of these products include Reconophalt, a sustainable asphalt alternative, and plastic bench seats for schools and Newcastle University. On the back of surging demand for the program, Plastic Police has secured funding to expand throughout NSW and interstate.
Downer's Reconophalt is a new type of road pavement made from recycled materials. Plastic bags and waste toner replace oil-based bitumen used in standard asphalt, while crushed glass and recycled pavement substitute quarried sand and gravel to produce a perpetually recyclable road surface that is more durable than asphalt, with a lower whole-of-life cost. Developed in partnership with Close the Loop, Reconophalt reuses waste products that have been traditionally difficult to recycle, maximising the value of their resource inputs.