20 May
Workpower’s efforts don’t go to waste

Workpower’s efforts don’t go to waste

In the waste industry’s night of nights, Workpower was recognised as the 2022 Waste Team of the Year as well as receiving the honorary 2022 WA Waste Award.

The recognition is for our 120-strong team which works to divert more than 15,600 tonnes of waste each year through commercial partnership to run reuse shops, e-waste collections, recycling of hair salon waste and a number of other initiatives.

Workpower was also a finalist alongside WALGA and Total Green Recycling in the WA Regional Waste Award category for its efforts to divert e-waste across the regions.

Workpower’s Executive Manager Social Enterprises, Peter May said the achievements would not be possible without its commercial partners and its team.

“We’re proud to be working with a variety of commercial partners across Western Australia to make a positive impact on the environment, creating opportunities for a circular economy and diverting waste from landfill,” said Peter.

“The most significant achievement for us though is the ability to employ more than 300 people with disability, a significant proportion contributing to our waste services.”

“We’re appreciative of the recognition from the Waste Authority – it’s credit to every person at Workpower who makes it possible for us to successfully carry out these activities.”

More than 100 nominations were received as part of the 2022 WasteSorted Awards, with 38 finalists competing across 10 categories.

To read the Minister for Environment’s statement click here.

About Workpower’s Waste Team

Workpower’s Waste Team has delivered four reuse shops and markets, has taken on the job of hard-to-recycle items like fire extinguishers, fridges and coat hangers and have partnered with some of the best in the business to deliver regional e-waste collections, recycling of hair salon waste and sorting of green waste.

The team has tripled in size since the waste and recycling arm of the not-for-profit first began in 2016 and has collectively diverted more than 15,600 tonnes of waste from landfill in the past year.

In the past 18 months, Workpower has added to its already diverse portfolio of waste activities through the following:

  • Partnered with the City of Canning to deliver Reuse Markets, providing Canning residents to give a secondlife to household items.
  • Trained supported employees to work with Container Deposit Scheme Refund Point Operator, Return-It as well as launching its commercial container collection service.
  • Partnered with WALGA and Total Green Recycling to offer a regional e-waste pick up across six regional towns.
  • Commenced recycling coat hangers, which is expected to process more than 100 tonnes of plastic coat hangers per year.
  • Partnered with the City of Kalamunda to open its doors to the Second Chance Reuse Shop in March 2022.
  • Commenced working with the City of Cockburn to deliver employment for people with disability to sort green waste for mulching.

For more information on Workpower visit https://workpower.com.au/