Nominations are now open to recognise the contributions of emerging and established women leaders who are making a positive contribution to the waste management and circular economy sector.

The recipient of the second annual Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award will receive up to $5000 to help toward a project inspiring innovation and practical new ideas in the sector, as well as mentoring from a senior woman executive also working in that field.


The Green Industries SA Women in Waste Award was 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.

The successful applicant 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.

Applications close on 15 December 2017.

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Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter

This award encourages talented South Australian woman to undertake a project which will inspire innovation and practical ideas in the areas of waste management and the circular economy.

South Australia’s reputation for leadership in the waste management and related sectors is based on the vision, persistence and passion of game changers willing to step out of their comfort zone and to advocate for our clean and green environment.

Quotes attributable to inaugural 2016 Award winner Fiona Jenkins

It was an honour to receive the inaugural award and be encouraged to pursue my research into kerbside recycling in the world’s top recycling cities.

My project uncovered the secrets to lifting our household recycling rates from 50 per cent to up to 80 per cent, using variations on the three-bin system we have now. (

I’ll be looking back on lessons learnt from my study tour – which included Portland, Oregon and Flanders in Belgium – for the next 20 years.

The support of my employer, the City of Charles Sturt, reinforced the professional growth I would experience through this program.