University of Queensland Brisbane’s WasteSMART Champions Award

The award is open to individuals. It recognises efforts related to waste prevention or reduction and education (such as reducing food waste, improving recycling and composting). This can include participating in established programs (e.g. 104 or More, Community Composting Hubs, Clean Up Australia Day) or innovations which contribute to a cleaner Brisbane. Sponsored by the University of Queensland.

1 prize to the value of $350

Containers for Change Queensland WasteSMART Community Award

This award is open to community groups. It recognises efforts related to waste prevention, reduction and education initiatives e.g. community engagement, awareness and education programs. This can include community collaboration in litter picking, landfill avoidance, reuse initiatives or other innovations. Sponsored by Containers for Change Queensland.

2 prizes to the value of $350 each

Containers for Change Queensland WasteSMART Business Award

This award is open to businesses. It recognises Brisbane businesses who actively look for options to improve their waste management systems by introducing positive changes in resource recovery and a reduction of waste to landfill. Through the reduction or elimination of harmful and persistent waste and/or the inclusion of circular economy principles and innovation, the business has shown clear efforts to create and promote a more sustainable society.

2 prizes to the value of $350 each

WasteSMART Early Learning Award

This award is to encourage and recognise implemented environmental initiatives in an early learning centre or kindy that have a focus on litter reduction, waste management and education. This can include improving recycling systems, litter clubs, composting food waste or other innovations.

1 prize to the value of $350

IKEA WasteSMART Schools Award

This award is to encourage and recognise implemented environmental initiatives in a school that has a focus on litter reduction, waste management and education. This can include improving recycling systems, litter clubs, composting food waste or other innovations. Outside school hours care and P&Cs are also eligible. Sponsored by IKEA.

2 prizes to the value of $350 each

Outstanding WasteSMART Award

Recognises outstanding long-term commitment to waste prevention and reduction, which has occurred over at least the past three years and includes a high proportion of volunteer effort.

1 prize to the value of $350

Councillors’ WasteSMART Choice Award

Each Brisbane City Councillor has the opportunity to nominate one local idea or activity that has made a real difference in their local community to waste prevention or reduction, recycling, education or litter prevention.

1 prize to the value of $350

Cleanaway People’s Choice WasteSMART Award

The public is invited to vote for the one winner in this category. This category comprises all the Finalists shortlisted by the judges across all categories. Sponsored by Cleanaway.

1 prize to the value of $350

Judging

A panel of assessors evaluates all entries. The assessors will then refer the shortlisted finalists to the WasteSMART Brisbane Awards judging panel who are responsible for selecting the winners. All finalists are also eligible for the People's Choice WasteSMART Award which is voted on by the public.

Prize Pool

There is more than $4,000 in prizes for the WasteSMART Brisbane Awards program. For details on prizes per category, please refer to theĀ terms and conditions page.