Fiona Jenkins, a Waste and Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Charles Sturt in Adelaide is the State’s inaugural winner of the Women in Waste Award.

The 2016 Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award has been established in memory of Pam Keating, a noted environmentalist and waste management expert who passionately believed in the importance of reducing waste and its impact on the environment.

Background

Fiona Jenkins has worked in the waste and recycling sector since 1999, primarily within local government, and has a Masters in Environmental Studies degree.

Fiona’s achievements include leading the introduction of the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme in western metropolitan Adelaide, and securing high levels of participation in the scheme in the region.

The City of Charles Sturt’s Beverley Recycling and Waste Centre was the first to launch the new scheme, which has operated continuously since its commencement and continues to be extremely popular and well-used by residents.

Fiona will receive up to $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and conference costs, in addition to mentoring from a senior woman executive working in the waste and resource recovery sector.

Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter

I am delighted to announce Fiona Jenkins, from the City of Charles Sturt as the inaugural winner.

Fiona’s project will research how local government can improve the performance of kerbside systems for recycling and organic material by examining different systems and approaches used in Australia and Portland, Oregon in the USA and Flanders in Belgium.

Through in-depth interviews with people with years of experience in the field, she aims to identify successful approaches used elsewhere which can be considered for metropolitan Adelaide.

Congratulations to Fiona and the other applicants for their contribution to keeping South Australia’s waste and resource recovery sector at the forefront of innovation.

Quotes attributable to Ms Fiona Jenkins

It is an incredible privilege to receive this award.

I feel humbled and also really excited to have the opportunity to learn from the very best recyclers in the US and Europe and share my learnings at Charles Sturt and throughout Adelaide.