Councils' award winners gain world of knowledge on textile recycling and three-bin waste pickup

Green Industries SA Women in Waste Leadership Award winners Fiona Jenkins (City of Charles Sturt) and Shani Wood (City of Holdfast Bay). 

Shani Wood (City of Holdfast Bay) and Fiona Jenkins (City of Charles Sturt) are Adelaide local government council officers who brought back valuable overseas circular-economy knowledge to South Australia as winners of the Green Industries SA Women in Waste Leadership Award.

An environmental officer, Wood, the 2018 winner, developed key behaviour change projects for the City of Holdfast Bay, bringing improved managing of waste and recycling. Her Women in Waste project tackled the global issue of textile waste by investigating practices in Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

With the emergency of fast fashion, textile waste was an ever-growing problem especially with Australians being the second largest consumers of textiles, after the USA. New technology and programs were needed cut the 85% of textile going to landfill in Australia, While South Australia led Australia in waste and resource recovery, textile waste remained a significant challenge and opportunity.

The 2016 inaugural winner of the Green Industries SA Women in Waste Leadership Award, Fiona Jenkins embarked on a three-bin project. She visited, documented and presented information and interviews about kerbside recycling from some of the world's best recyclers. Visiting Sydney, Portland, Oregon, in the United States; and Flanders in Belgium, the project uncovered the secrets to lifting South Australian household recycling rates from 50% to up to 80%, using variations on the three-bin kerbside waste collection system used by Adelaide metropolitan councils

Kat Heinrich, a senior consultant with Adelaide-based national company Rawtec, specialising in waste and resource management, won the annual Green Industries SA Women in Waste Leadership Award for 2017. Her special area of focus was food waste,  investigating best practices in Denmark, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United States.

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