2023 ‘Waste Management’ Category Honourable Mention

MacDonnell Regional Council, NT

Water Refill Station Project

Two people smiling as they use one of the Water Refill Stations outside Council. Photo credit: MacDonnell Regional Council, NT


The Initiative

MacDonnell Regional Council is proud to promote that they don’t use any single use plastic in any of their 13 communities.

To support this initiative, MacDonnell Regional Council has installed vandal resistant water bottle filling stations with a built-in filter and chiller outside their MacDonnell Regional Council offices.

Community members are able to refill their water bottles, effectively reducing the purchase and use of single use plastic water bottles in communities. This initiative has made a remarkable difference in the amount of litter that was generated by water bottles.

More water bottle filling stations will be installed throughout each community due to the success of this project especially in places like youth recreation halls and sporting ovals.

By providing easy access to safe drinking water, there has been a fantastic and positive response from the communities.

These initiatives are also in line with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being;
  • Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation;
  • Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; and
  • Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

Water Bottle Refilling Station with an orange and blue mascot. Photo credit: MacDonnell Regional Council, NT

About the Category

The ‘Waste Management’ category recognises local government initiatives which:

  • improve resource recovery and reduce amounts of waste generated in order to benefit human health, the environment and the economy;
  • increase use of recycled material and build demand and markets for recycled products;
  • better manage input and output of waste materials, to benefit human health, environment and economy;
  • improve information to support innovation, guide investment and enable informed community decisions relating to waste management; and/or
  • support the transition to a circular economy by transforming waste into sustainable resources.

Successful initiatives in this award category benefit communities by:

  • creating employment opportunities, protecting the environment, and better managing valuable and finite resources;
  • recognising the opportunities waste materials can provide and the economic value they retain; and/or
  • accelerating the recovery and reuse of community resources.

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