On Friday 15 October, the Containers for Change community came together at the inaugural Change Maker Awards at Crown Perth to celebrate 12 months of effort, success and growth.

More than 500 trailblazers recognized and congratulated the refund point operators, community groups and schools who have taken the lead in ensuring West Aussies saved 765 million 10c containers from the fill over the past 12 months.

Guests were entertained by MC David Berrie, wowed by the acrobatic skill of the Turning Point Performance Academy and Fliptease and moved to tears by the wonderful story of super collector Cameron Danzi. Tony Galati (with eyebrows still intact) shared the secret of his unique dinner jacket, and we also heard how much Containers for Change has positively impacted the life of Remondis driver Cleeve, as well as the entire culture of Remondis Australia.

Our special guests Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson MLA, Minister for Environment, and Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Mental Health, Aboriginal Affairs and Industrial Relations, were on hand to award the Change Maker of the Year award and the Local Marketing Initiative award, respectively.

A massive thank you to everyone who attended – it truly was a night of celebration and joy as we all work towards saving as many 10c containers from the fill as possible, feeding millions of dollars back into our community, creating jobs for all and helping people in need.

We can't wait to see what the next 12 months will bring and once again pass on a hearty congratulations to all of the 2021 Change Maker Awards finalists and recipients.

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Safety

Safety in the workplace and throughout the refund point network is a core priority of Containers for Change. Finalists have demonstrated how they are implementing exemplary safety initiatives, using best practice health and safety processes or techniques to deliver a safe environment for their employees, customers and stakeholders.

 

Finalists

City of Bunbury Refund Point

City of Stirling Container Refund Centre

Community Recycling WA

Fremantle Containers for Change

North West Recycling

 

The recipient of the 2021 Safety Award, sponsored by MASTER, is the City of Bunbury Refund Point.

 


 

Customer Focus

An excellent customer experience is critical to the ongoing success of Containers for Change across the state. Finalists have demonstrated how they are delivering outstanding experiences for customers, providing examples where possible on how these initiatives were identified and delivered and how the successful implementation has demonstrated a commitment to customer focus.

 

Finalists

Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers

Bridging the Gap

Cash for Containers Rockingham

MR Refund

 

The recipient of the 2021 Customer Focus Award sponsored by Container Deposit Systems is Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers.

 


 

Community Engagement

Making a positive change in the community is a key objective of Containers for Change. Finalists have demonstrated how they are working within their local community for the benefit of their local community, including employment/volunteer outcomes, fundraising goals, and community engagement and awareness.

 

Finalists

Ability WA

Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers

Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc

Good Sammy Enterprises

Greenskills Container Recycling Albany

North West Recycling

 

The recipient of the 2021 Community Engagement Award sponsored by CES is Good Sammy Enterprises.

 


 

Innovation

Containers for Change encourages the use of innovative solutions as we work towards ensuring as many 10c containers as possible are saved from landfill.  Finalists have demonstrated how they are implementing outstanding innovation, with detail on the projected long-term benefits and the level of difficulty or ingenuity required.

 

Finalists

Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers

City of Stirling Container Refund Centre

Fremantle Containers for Change

North West Recycling

 

The recipient of the 2021 Innovation Award sponsored by Remondis is North West Recycling.

 


 

Local Marketing Initiative

Containers for Change is now the most recognised recycling program in Western Australia and relies on its strong network of refund points to help translate that awareness to visitation at the local level.

Finalists have demonstrated an effective local marketing campaign(s) they have initiated or participated in, which promotes Containers for Change.

 

Finalists

Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers

Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc

Cash for Containers Rockingham

MR Refund

North West Recycling

 

The recipient of the 2021 Local Marketing Initiative Award sponsored by The Brand Agency is Care for Hedland Environmental Association.

 


 

Community Participant

People working together in a community with a shared goal and common purpose can make the impossible happen. The Community Participant of the Year Award is for an individual, organisation or business independent of Containers for Change who has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation. Finalists have demonstrated what they are doing within the community to help reduce litter, improve access to Containers for Change, and/or provide significant community benefit.

 

Finalists

Graeme Savage

Jarrahdale Community Collective and Volunteer Bushfire Brigade

Logan Gregory

Old Bastards Association, Carnarvon Branch

Outdoor Adventure Youth Group

RTRFM

The recipient of the 2021 Community Participant Award sponsored by The West Australian and Perth Now Newspapers is The Old Bastards Association, Carnarvon Branch.

School of the Year

Schools are a critical audience for driving participation in Containers for Change and supporting access to the local community. The School of the Year Award is for a school or educational institution that has demonstrated an outstanding level of participation in Containers for Change. Finalists have demonstrated how the school has encouraged the recycling of 10c containers, as well as any education undertaken within their school or local community on the environmental and/or social benefits of Containers for Change.

 

Finalists

Albany Secondary Education Support Centre

Borden Primary School

Mukinbudin District High School P&C

Newton Moore Senior High School

 

The recipient of the 2021 School of the Year Award sponsored by AV Partners, is Borden Primary School.

 


 

Change Maker of the Year

Celebrating the best of the best, the Change Maker of the Year award recognises the refund point that can best demonstrate excellence across the five key areas celebrated tonight – safety, customer focus, community engagement, local marketing and innovation. Finalists have also demonstrated how they have applied the objectives of Containers for Change. All finalists and winners of the individual refund point category awards were eligible for the Change Maker of the Year award, and the winner must have submitted an entry in all categories.

 

Finalists

Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers

Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc

City of Stirling Container Refund Centre

Greenskills Container Recycling Albany

North West Recycling

 

The recipient of the 2021 Change Maker of the Year Award, sponsored by Cleanaway, is Avonvalley Cash 4 Containers.