The Finalists have been selected for the EPA Sustainability Award in the 2021 Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards.
The EPA Sustainability Award acknowledges businesses from any industry sector who have developed and implemented cleaner production initiatives that have delivered measurable improvements in preventing pollution, conserving energy and water, minimising waste and maximising resource efficiency.
The Finalists in the EPA Sustainability Award are:
- Hydro Tasmania of Hobart
- University of Tasmania
- Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market
- Launceston General Hospital (Food Service Department)
Hydro Tasmania of Hobart introduced Too Good To Waste, a waste minimisation program, revealing that an astonishing 90% of the waste sent to landfills could be diverted through re-use, recycling or composting. Hydro Tasmania introduced new waste streams, including organics, soft plastics and coffee pod recycling. They educate their staff on the waste hierarchy and encourage reusables. They have also partnered with specialty recycling services.
University of Tasmania has delivered significant changes to bring together procurement, re-use, recycling and composting. They introduced a Waste Minimisation Action Plan, targeting a 25% reduction of landfilled waste by 2025. They have delivered new buildings with in-built 'deconstructibility' in mind. They run a Re-Use Program, which lists unwanted furniture suitable for re-use. They encourage students to participate through the Sustainability Integration Program for Students.
Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market is a community hub and food destination that has set a number of environmental standards in its Charter that support waste minimisation and environmentally friendly initiatives. They introduced the Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) bins after identifying that 95% of the market could be composted. They have assigned 'Waste Educators' at each FOGO bin, providing direction, education and advice to marketgoers.
Launceston General Hospital (Food Services Department) runs a Food Waste Recovery Program where they recycle wasted food from the commercial kitchen bins into compost. They are successfully diverting 35 wheelie bins or 1,750 kilograms of food waste from landfills every week. The reduction in methane emissions by composting is equivalent to removing five cars permanently each year. They are also implementing more eco-friendly or compostable packaging.
The Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart on Friday evening 3rd December 2021.
For further information about Finalists contact the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards Office on 6234 9677.