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War on Waste wins Australia’s foremost sustainability award

From the November 2017 issue.

The ABC TV series, War on Waste, has won the Gold Banksia Sustainability Award 2017.

Presented in Sydney on 1 November, the Banksia awards are Australia’s first and foremost sustainability awards. War on Waste won the Banksia Communication for Change Award in addition to the Gold Award, the top honour of all Banksia Sustainability award winners in 2017.

The Banksia judges said that War on Waste, produced by KEO Films Australia, “created a groundswell of interest that soon turned to a tidal wave of action. It designed an innovative, winning formula that combined a credible yet relatable host that presented the facts in a way that made the issues feel real, relatable, and local to the viewers”.

The program reached 2.6 million people, which is comparable to the footy on a finals night.

The "provocative, controversial documentary series" uncovered how much waste we produce as a nation, and dedicated one episode to coffee cup wastage. For more insight on this issue, see BeanScene's Cup of Truth feature article. 

“After 29 years of rewarding excellence in sustainability, it is becoming clear that more and more organisations and individuals simply ‘get it’, and are implementing sustainability into their processes themselves,” says Banksia’s CEO Graz van Egmond.

“It’s also very pleasing to see how many entries were aware of the Sustainable Development Goals that Australia has signed up to, and that they are already mapping progress against these Goals, integrating them into their strategy and operational plans. It won’t be long when this activity will be mainstream across business, government and social society.”

War on Waste is joined by 10 other winners over 12 categories of the Banksia Sustainability awards, including the Victorian town of Yackandandah which won the Banksia Sustainable and Resilient Communities Award for setting the task of generating 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2022.

To view the full list of 2017 Banksia Sustainability winners, click here.

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