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Nominations Now Open for Auckland’s Zero Waste Awards

Nominations Now Open for Auckland’s Community Zero Waste Awards 2018

Auckland, June 7, 2018: EcoMatters Environment Trust and the Auckland Guardians Group are delighted to announce that nominations are open for the second annual Community Zero Waste Awards.

The Awards are designed to celebrate groups, individuals, social enterprises and youth in the Auckland Region who have shown leadership, community spirit and innovation in reducing waste going to landfill.

It is an opportunity to recognise those who are turning waste into resources, maximising the life cycle of materials and inspiring others to take steps towards a Zero Waste Auckland by 2040.

There are five award categories, designed to reflect the full diversity of Auckland’s growing zero waste movement. The categories are:

Trailblazer - for the individual who has gone above and beyond demonstrating their passion for zero waste in their community, at home or work.
Power of the People - for the group or not-for-profit community organisation that has demonstrated leadership within the sector.
Leaders in the Making - for rangatahi (young people) standing up and showing leadership in zero waste. This category is divided into two age groups: under 13 and 13-20 years.
Fair on all Fronts - for the group or individual that has started up a social enterprise to divert waste from landfill.
Re-imagining the Resource - for innovative, creative and unique upcycled products. Each individual or group can enter with up to three different products.
Nominations are open until Sunday 15 July 2018 at www.ecomatters.org.nz/zerowasteawards. Winners will be announced at the Zero Waste Awards on 25 July 2018.

Last year’s winners included 9 year old Michael Eccles, the Chinese Conservation Educational Trust, Maile Uluave, the Jesus Revival Church group, Mesepa Edwards and Ifalame Teisi. See photos from the Zero Waste Awards 2017.

About the organisers

The Zero Waste Awards are hosted by EcoMatters Environment Trust and the Auckland Guardians Group with support and funding from Auckland Council.

EcoMatters Environment Trust is a community hub that aims to connect people and place, to nurture kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and help restore the mauri (life force) of our environment. They do this by supporting the community with knowledge and tools to restore nature, reduce waste, ride and fix bikes, and live more sustainably.

The Auckland Guardians Group comprises representatives from community organisations who are inspired by the goal of a Zero Waste Auckland by 2040. The group was set up to connect and work towards this goal, and to share knowledge and best practices that benefit their local communities. Represented organisations include Auckland Council, Community Recycling Network, EcoMatters Environment Trust, Envision NZ, Helensville Enterprises Trust, Kaipātiki Project Environment Centre, Pacific Vision Aotearoa, Para Kore Ki Tamaki Makaurau, Te Awa Ora, as well as individuals passionate about making a difference.

Key dates

7 June 2018 - Nominations open
15 July 2018 - Nominations close
25 July 2018 - Zero Waste Awards Night

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