Vote here for the 2019 People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award
The People’s Choice Litter Prevention Award is a public voting category.
Public voting is open here from 12 August to 23 August, 2019.
The finalist that receives the largest number of votes by the public will win the award. Should multiple finalists receive the same number of votes, the winner will be determined by a random draw conducted by the Chief Executive Officer of CitySmart.
Winners in this and all other categories will be announced in a ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor at Brisbane City Hall on Thursday 17 October.
Boomerang Bags Nundah
Boomerang Bags Nundah hold fortnightly sewing bees, and pop-up stalls and workshops around Brisbane. They sew reusable bags made from donated fabric as an alternative to plastic bags, and educate the public about marine pollution, waste reduction and litter prevention.
The Greenbrook Association works in Grange Forest Park to regenerate native bushland. They seek to create a self-sustaining ecology of native plants and animals within the suburb that is as rich and diverse as possible.
Carolyn posts photos of the litter she picks up on her walks online using the hashtag #missionlitterpickup to spread an awareness and instigate ‘people power’. She now has established social media accounts that inspire others to clean up their local community.
Ned is on a mission to reduce ocean plastics and plastic litter by selling and giving away bamboo toothbrushes, while educating people about plastic pollution. He founded his own company called The Turtle Tribe to help people to make the switch away from plastics.
Meg formed a group at her school to solve environmental problems. They meet monthly and have taken actions such as planting native trees, making posters to remind students to switch lights off, and persuading the tuck shop to stop using plastic straws.
Tennyson looks after the plants at his school gardening club and uses the money they make from selling the produce to teachers to keep it going. The gardening club meets twice a week, however Tennyson goes during outside of school hours to do as much as he can.
Sophie is the driving force behind 'UQ Unwrapped' which reduces single use plastic on the University of Queensland's campuses. Sophie has been focused on both community and stakeholder engagement to achieve successful implementation of their initiatives.
Morag set up a War on Waste Group in the Sandgate 4017 area and has used social media to increase awareness of the issue of litter and waste in their area, share ideas on waste prevention and organise local clean ups with the help of the local council.
Pablo started 'Plogging in West End' once a month to motivate his running group and local community to clean the parks and riverside areas by picking up litter while running. He does this monthly and hopes to increase the frequency and get more people involved in the initiative.
Oxley Creek Catchment Association
Oxley Creek Catchment Association runs classes and events for school students focused on the impacts of litter on the local environment. Working with several volunteers, they create a range of classes and events to help students understand their impact on the environment.
Calamvale Community College P&C Association
Calamvale Community College combined community and student engagement and local business connections to develop a new recycling scheme. They established a bulk retrieval and collection service for recycled products which has realised approximately 60,000 returns.
EcoMarines run litter clean-ups throughout the year for 36 Brisbane schools, as well as corporates and at Clean Up Australia Day. They are reducing the amount of plastics and debris that are polluting our land, waterways and Moreton Bay affecting marine and wild life.
Renae significantly reduced waste heading to landfill across 16 health care facilities by removing over 1 million plastic units per year. She has designed and delivered community gardens, and impacted recycling segregation and sustainable staff education on a large scale.
Eat Street Northshore
Eat Street Northshore has taken action to eliminate all general waste, with all vendors required to eliminate plastics and convert to compostable items. They recycle everything from cans and bottles, to cardboard, oyster shells, oil, food scraps and scrap metal.
Loop Growers farm collect organic materials from cafes, restaurant and bars and then supplies the produce grown from the material back to those establishments. They have started to collaborate with brewers to capture the grain material and plant crops that will end up in future beers.
OzHarvest is a food rescue organisation with a driving purpose to Nourish Our Country. It began with a simple concept to rescue good food that would otherwise go to waste and deliver it to people in need. They collect surplus food from donors like supermarkets, hotels and airlines that would otherwise go to landfill. OzHarvest Brisbane rescues over 100,000 kilograms of good food each month and delivers directly to more than 120 local charities including school breakfast programs, domestic violence shelters, emergency food relief programs, youth groups and street vans.
Brisbane Tool Library
The Brisbane Tool Library allows residents to borrow tools, camping gear, sport equipment and many other items from their 1,500+ inventory saved from landfill or donated by the community. Their goal is to create a circular economy reducing household consumption and waste.
SWOP Clothing Exchange
SWOP stores are places for customers to buy, SWOP and sell their preloved clothing, shoes and accessories. They aim to disrupt the wasteful practices of the current fashion industry at large by offering an alternative and keeping clothing out of landfill.
Yeronga State School Green Team
Consisting of year 5 & 6 students, the Green Team meet weekly to brainstorm, plan and establish initiatives to help make their school more sustainable, such as Clean up your School Day, Nude Food Day, classroom recycling and composting, and reducing plastic at the tuckshop.
Aspley East State School
Aspley East State School implemented a Behaviour Change program to fix their litter problem through steps such as Clean Up Days, assembly speeches, class discussions and brainstorming. They also created a ‘Cool Clean up Crew’ consisting of Year 6 students.
Morningside State School
Teachers and students have implemented a new classroom recycling program to reduce the amount of school waste going to landfill, with initiatives such as coloured collection tubs for students to use to separate recyclable waste items, eligible 10c refund containers and landfill waste.
Hillbrook Anglican School
Hillbrook has a goal to reduce their waste towards zero landfill. Their activities include converting tuckshop packaging to compostable packaging, setting up bin hubs for different types of recycling, conducting regular bin audits and an ongoing education campaign.
Team Robbin at Kelvin Grove State College
Team Robbin consists of 3 Year 10 girls whose mission is to raise awareness of forgotten small single use plastics and develop a "smart bin" which identifies and collects these within the community. They educate their social media followers about the impact of single use of plastics.
Wavell SHS EnviroClub
Student leaders have implemented a range of activities to promote sustainability, including Containers 4 Change drives, waste collection and sorting, assembly presentations, producing a bi-weekly e-newsletter and participation in community events.
Spicers Retreats Head Office
Spicers is taking the lead to achieve zero net waste & emission targets. Their purpose is to lead by doing and have invested into upgrading lights to LEDs, installing solar, implemented a recycling separating system and since 2016 have reduced waste sent to landfill by 90%.
Ocean Crusaders Foundation
Ocean Crusaders run regular major clean ups across Brisbane, removing over 12 tonne of debris & engaging 600 volunteers in the past 18 months. They initiated a world-first Cleaning Station System along the Wynnum Manly Foreshore to facilitate community clean ups.