Waste Recycling Industry Association of Qld Awards

The Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (WRIQ) held it’s first Awards Ceremony in June this year. The categories for the Awards were:

  • Remanufacturing
  • Innovation
  • Next Generation Student
  • Safe Driver/Plant Operator

The Remanufacturing Award was won by Kennedy’s Timbers, based at Narangba.  The award recognises outstanding processes and/or leadership in the utilisation of secondary-resource recovery and market development within Queensland.  Nominees covered the development of new markets for secondary resources through to exceptional recovery of particular material streams. Kennedy’s recycle timbers from power poles to bridges, drawing from a range of industry sectors. They remanufacture timber products including flooring and work benches.

Some of their projects have included timber cladding to the Suncorp Stadium, all 48.5km of it, and the iconic Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine.  The Tree of Knowledge is a monument to the Shearer’s Strike of 1891, centred around a ghost gum in the main street of Barcaldine where the leaders held their meetings.

Original Tree of Knowledge

This unrest and strike lead to the formation of the Labor Party. The ghost gum no longer survives, having been poisoned in 2006; the new memorial on the site of the original tree was opened in 2009.

tree of knowledge marker-Barcaldine

The Innovation Award was won by a partnership program by Groundworks and NuGrow for the waste recycling to green infrastructure innovation. The model they created converts liquid waste and green waste into a high grade organics product. This forms the basis of the proprietary Ecoblanket process which achieves rapid, sustainable vegatation. Legacy Way in Brisbane used this process resulting in impressive revegation of native species to stablise sloped areas and manage erosion.

Kartaway Queensland commend the WRIQ for highlighting outstanding achievements in reducing waste to the waste stream and congratulate the category winners.

Information obtained from WRIQ Newsletter edition 2 October 2013.

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