2018 Winners

Councillors’ Clean Green Choice Award

WINNER: Rachel Long

In 2018 Rachel helped to establish Boomerang Bags Nundah as an alternative to single-use plastic bags. She also established the inaugural Burbs to the Bay Kedron Book Bikeway litter clean-up event, which followed Kedron Brook across six council wards.


  • Carolyn Vincent
  • Morag Shealy

Litter Prevention Award – Individual 5-17yrs

WINNER: Lucinda Dillon

Lucinda is aged 9 ands she asks her favourite restaurants to reduce their use of plastic straws by delivering a handwritten note on a napkin, which thanks the owner for the lovely meal but asks them to rethink straw usage.


  • Milly and Reuben Hammond
  • Emma and Maggie Yamashita

Litter Prevention Award – Individual 18+ yrs

WINNER: Alana Barry

Alana established Plastic Free West End to reduce the reliance of single use plastics by hospitality, retail businesses and the general community. She did this through the creation of plastic reduction and local community education programs.


  • Sonya Kerslake
  • Craig Williams


In 2018 Sonya has established the Bayside Clean up Crew around Wynnum. The group began monthly cleanups in April with around 80 volunteers. They have the shared aim of educating the public about the impact of littering on the environment and on peoples health.

Litter Prevention Award – Group

WINNER: Green P Community Farm

Green P Community Farm is diverting between 150 and 200kg of food waste from landfill per week through its collections from four Sandgate cafes/restaurants. The good waste is then composted at the Green P Community Farm in Deagon Racecouse to grow vegetables.


  • Ocean Crusaders
  • The True Believers

Litter Prevention Award – Business

WINNER: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The BCEC has waste reduction activities across all its major waste streams. It also donates everything from organic waste, surplus promotional event items, furniture, equipment and reading or sunglasses, to worthy causes for reuse or repurposing.


  • Hilton Brisbane
  • Spicers Retreats Hotel & Lodges

Cleanaway Waste Innovation Award

WINNER: World’s Biggest Garage Sale

The World’s Biggest Garage Sale exemplifies the circular economy. It asks companies and the community to donate wasted or unused items to their annual sale which raises funds for charity, Last year this resulted in 2,000 tonnes worth of products being diverted from landfill.


  • The Brisbane Tool Library
  • Wardrobe Warriors Markets

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Brisbane Tool Library

Brisbane Tool Library launched in South Brisbane last year and brings to life the Sharing and Circular Economy. It lends second-hand power tools, camping and sports equipment items to its local subscribers, allowing people to access expensive or infrequently needed items.

Brisbane’s Clean Green Award

WINNER: The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre runs bi-monthly litter pickups; has joined the Brisbane City Council’s Reusable Cup Campaign and the Responsible Café movement; composts its own food and coffee waste, diverting 2 tonnes from landfill; and it runs composting workshops.


  • Marjorie Crosthwaite
  • Rotary Club of Aspley

Clean Schools Award – Primary School

WINNER: Ithaca Creek State School

Ithaca Creek State School’s activities include recycling paper and cardboard, composting fruit and vegetable scraps, running a Tuck Shop garden, and having a Year 6 environmental committee of 25 students to manage school initiatives.


  • Tarragindi Child Care and Development Centre (Koala Class)
  • Gumdale State School STEAM Club

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gumdale State School STEAM Club

Gumdales’ STEAM Club has been inspired by ABC’s “War on Waste” and are working to make theirs a more sustainable school. This includes waste analysis, a worm farm, and installing recycling, organics and waste bins in eating areas.

CSR Bradford Clean Schools Award – Secondary School

WINNER: Wavell State High School Enviroclub

The Enviroclub students and teachers meet monthly. Their activities this year included Clean Up Australia Day; being part of Brisbane City Councils Student Environmental Leadership Network, and up-cycling 200 plastic bottles to make a play structure for the local kindergarten.


  • Hillbrook Anglican School
  • Queensland Academies Creative Industries Campus

Outstanding Clean Green Award

WINNER: Kingfisher Recycling Centre

The Kingfisher Recycling Centre has operated out of Aspley Special School since 1983. In recent years the Centre has also become a place for volunteers, waste minimisation enthusiasts and most recently, become one of Council’s Community Composting Hubs.


  • Corbie Park Bush Care Group

People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award

WINNER: Carolyn Vincent

In 2018 Carolyn started a new community movement called Mission Litter Pickup. Participants are asked to take a bag and a glove with them when they are out walking, pick up any litter they see, and then post a photo on social media using the hashtag #missionlitterpickup. ”

2017 Winners

Innovation in Litter Prevention Award

  • WINNER: Tangalooma EcoMarines for its Brisbane-wide education program on the protection of local waterways and marine life.
  • Finalist: Boomerang Bags The Gap and Surrounds
  • Finalist: Alfred Wreh

Councillors Choice Award

  • WINNERNorthey Street City Farm for its zero waste principles and many initiatives to educate the local community.
  • Finalist: Rotary Club of Sumner Park
  • Finalist: World Mission Society Church of God

Litter Prevention Award – Individual

  • WINNER: Amy Whiteman, Travis Muddle, Alex Floridis and Lisa Tittle for their hard work keeping the skate park at DJ Sherrington Park clean and tidy.
  • Finalist: Asher Bowen-Saunders
  • Finalist: Lea and Emma Interholzinger

Litter Prevention Award – Group

  • WINNERTangalooma EcoMarines for its Brisbane-wide education program on the protection of local waterways and marine life.
  • Finalist: World Mission Society Church of God
  • Finalist: Reverse Garbage Mary Trabucco

Litter Prevention Award – Business

  • WINNER: Queensland Urban Utilities for its “Don’t Flush That” education campaign about wet wipes and sewerage system blockages.
  • Finalist: Water3
  • Finalist: Sweetcrumbs Patisserie

Resource Recovery Award – Group

  • WINNER Reverse Garbage for selling industrial discards to the public and running educational talks and art workshops focused on waste and the environment.
  • Finalist: Boomerang Bags

Resource Recovery Award – Business

  • WINNER: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for its organic waste composting and Foodbank and Ozcare shelter commitments.
  • Finalist: Mallow Sustainability
  • Finalist: Queensland Urban Utilities

Location Clean Up Award

  • WINNER: Jamboree Residents Association for collecting and sorting an estimated 50 bags of litter and recording 1,400 hours of volunteer labour.
  • Finalist: Rotary Club of Sumner Park
  • Finalist: Grey Tasney – The Rocky Waterholes Salisbury Bushcare Group

Clean Schools Award – Small schools

  • WINNERLota State School for the efforts of its Environmental Club and for participating in the Tangalooma EcoMarines program.
  • Finalist: St Elizabeth’s Gardening and Recycling Club
  • Finalist: Hilder Road State School

Clean Schools Award – Large schools

  • WINNER: Indooroopilly State School for initiatives including weekly litter busters activity and an art auction of artwork made with repurposed materials.
  • Finalist: Hillbrook Anglican School
  • Finalist: Queensland Academies Science, Mathematics and Technology Campus Toowong

Catchment Champions Award

  • WINNERMichael Fox from Mt Gravatt Environment Group for his many activities including weekly litter prevention and working bees around Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve, and running workshops supporting Bushcare Groups.
  • Finalist: John & Helene Maelich – Inala Bushcare Group
  • Finalist Corbie Street Bushcare Group

Litter Prevention Champion Award (public vote)

  • WINNER: World Mission Society Church of God for its monthly Brisbane-wide clean-ups.