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Don’t waste an opportunity to reap the rewards of recycling.  

Jul 17, 2015


The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with industry and community to focus attention on the recognition of environmental excellence and sustainability. Banksia is a strong and expanding brand and it’s annual Awards program, the Banksia Sustainability Awards, are regarded as the most prestigious and longest running sustainability awards in Australia.

Banksia’s mission is to seek out, reward and promote Australia’s sustainability success stories and to date, Banksia have recognised over 350 individuals, businesses and organisations for their outstanding achievements across all facets of sustainability.

Large businesses are setting the standard for recycling with KFC Australia, TerraCycle and Dunlop Flooring all being recognised by the Banksia Awards for their commitment to sustainability and innovative waste minimisation strategies. However, community initiatives are also packing a big punch as 2014 saw Garage Sale Trail win the Banksia Leadership in Citizenship and Communities Award for championing the REUSE movement.

  •  KFC Australia achieved finalist status in the 2014 Banksia Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award. They were the first Quick Service Restaurant in Australia to have consumer bottle and can recycling in store and have commenced the sustainable transfer of their old uniforms into carpet underlay. In addition, 98 % of KFC stores recycle cardboard on site whilst canola-cooking oil is recycled to create biodiesel and animal feed in over 560 stores.
  • TerraCycle, a recycling and up cycling company, were finalists in the 2014 Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment. TerraCycle have created programs, called Brigades with the purpose to recycle ‘unrecyclable’ waste streams that others deem challenging, impossible or unsavory, breaking down the localisation and limitedness of traditional recycling and diverting waste from landfill. Some of the ‘unrecyclables’, which they recycle, include: Toothpaste tubes, Cleaning and beauty packaging, Coffee Capsules; and Cigarette Butts.
  • Dunlop Flooring won the 2013 Banksia Waste Minimisation Award. Dunlop is Australia’s largest recycler of polyurethane foam, processing and recycling in excess of 10,000 tonnes of foam per year. The recycled carpet is re-used within their underlay products, which are made from 90% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable themselves. The underlay has achieved the maximum Green Star rating for building interiors set by the Green Building Council of Australia.
  • The Garage Sale Trail Foundation won the 2014 Banksia Leadership in Citizenship and Communities Award for their national grass roots waste education and reuse program.

In 2014, the the Garage Sale Trail was supported by 138 councils and 7 state government organisations and since it’s inception, they have facilitated the redistribution of over 1.5 million items. (The 2015 Garage Sale Trail will take place nation-wide on Saturday 24th October.)

Have you got what it takes to win a Banksia Award?

Enter your initiative, technology, business or project online today.


Entries close September 11, 2015

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