Kids commended for keeping Australia beautiful

‘The Bottle Kids’ collecting cans for charity, hospitals cutting their surgical waste and Keeping Bondi Beautiful were among the winners at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW 2019 Sustainable Cities Awards.

Environment Minister Matt Kean congratulated the winners on their unique ideas to improve our environment.

“All of us can take a page out of these kids’ books as we strive to keep Australia beautiful,” Mr Kean said.

“The Keeping Bondi Beautiful campaign led to an 84 per cent drop in litter, scooping the prize for the ‘Don’t Be A Tosser’ Award – it just goes to show what we can achieve with hard work and bright and innovative ideas.”

The Bottle Kids offer a free collection service for Return and Earn around their home in Prestons, South Western Sydney. They donated some of their earnings to causes such as the Liverpool Hospital Emergency Department.

Auburn Hospital won the Waste Less, Recycle More Waste Minimisation Award with its Thinning the Bins program, where staff do everything they can to embrace the motto “Think Globally, Act Locally”.

The high number of entries for the awards this year demonstrates how effective the NSW Governments campaigns have been in engaging the community to help establish a better environment.

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW CEO Val Southam believes that the Sustainable Cities Awards are not just about the accolades.

“This important awards program showcases the best of the best and is a fantastic opportunity to learn from other participants, build important networks and showcase the tireless work and efforts of community groups and councils.”

Mr Kean said these awards recognise and support the accomplishments of councils and volunteers who actively work towards showcasing sustainable practices across our communities.

For more information about Return and Earn visit www.returnandearn.orga.au and about Waste Less Recycle more visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au.