Celebrating the winners of Brisbane City Council’s 2021 WasteSMART Brisbane Awards

On Thursday 18 November, the 2021 WasteSMART Brisbane Awards recipients were celebrated in a ceremony at City Hall.

Four months of nominations and votes culminated at the ceremony where the winners of the 11 awards were announced, honouring those in the community who have gone above and beyond to reduce waste to landfill, increase resource recovery and help preserve Brisbane’s natural environment.

Brisbane Sustainability Agency partnered with Brisbane City Council to deliver the WasteSMART Brisbane Awards and all finalists were judged by a panel of industry experts, except the People’s Choice Award, which was voted by members of the public.

This year’s awards attracted 252 nominations and over 3,750 public votes. Councillor Kim Marx presented the Awards on behalf of Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

Winners of the sponsored awards included:

  • Cleanaway People’s Choice Award went to Mt St Michaels College, for their five-stage plan to make changes in their school to maximise waste reduction.
  • University of Queensland WasteSMART Champions Award went to Renae McBrien who established the Tarragindi Community Garden as well as delivers waste reform and education programs across Brisbane.
  • Containers for Change Queensland WasteSMART Community Awards went to Ocean Crusaders for their efforts in removing debris from our rivers, and the Tarragindi Community Garden for rescuing food waste and connecting with over 1000 members. The Containers for Change Queensland WasteSMART Business Awards went to Vessel Nundah for helping customers reduce their single-use plastic waste, and Howard Smith Wharves for their efforts to separate, segregate and recycle their waste.
  • IKEA WasteSMART Schools Awards went to Mt St Michaels College and the Pallara State School Environment Club for their range of waste reduction activities and initiatives.

The full list of winners and finalists can be found at

We thank our major sponsors IKEA and Containers for Change Queensland, as well as the University of Queensland and Cleanaway for their support of this year’s awards.


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