Repurpose It, a leading resource recovery company, is proud to announce its outstanding achievements at the inaugural City of Whittlesea Business Awards 2023. The company has been honoured with the highly coveted “2023 Business of the Year” award as well as the “2023 Sustainability and Environment Award.” These accolades recognise Repurpose Its dedication to promoting a circular economy, environmental sustainability, and its significant contributions to the local community.
“Receiving the ‘2023 Business of the Year’ and ‘2023 Sustainability and Environment Award’ from the City of Whittlesea is a tremendous honour for Repurpose It. It’s testament to our team of almost 200 people and their commitment to both sustainability and building an organisation that is making a substantial contribution to the circular economy. We are proud of our long-term partnership with the City of Whittlesea and thank them for this recognition” said George Hatzimanolis, Founder and CEO.
Repurpose It have implemented key strategies in the City of Whittlesea, consisting of compost and soil donations back to the community and launching an innovative online education series aimed at enlightening the public about the circular economy and empowering them to make sustainable choices. The series includes videos featuring the journey of Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO), showcasing the City of Whittlesea, and is hosted by Australian horticulturist and landscape designer, Jamie Durie.
In addition to these initiatives, Repurpose It actively participates in local council activities such as the Whittlesea Community Festival and collaborates closely with Melbourne Polytechnic to educate students about sustainable materials and their associated benefits.
Since its inception, Repurpose It has remained steadfast in its mission to eliminate waste and pollution through closed-loop resource recovery. The company has achieved remarkable milestones, including diverting over 500,000 tonnes of waste per year from landfill through its pioneering Australian First Wash Plant. Previously destined for landfill, this waste is now repurposed and given a new life.
Repurpose It actively involves the public in the circular economy by offering opportunities for residents of the City of Whittlesea to participate through their FOGO bins and council vouchers for dropping off green waste at the Epping Resource Recovery Precinct.
Looking to the future, Repurpose It has ambitious plans to introduce further sustainable policies. The company has recently completed a second wash plant to increase their output capacity and additionally, in-vessel composting tunnels are being built to process larger quantities of organic waste efficiently that is used to create nutrient rich compost.