Centre of Excellence Product Stewardship Awards 2021 Sponsor

Kmart Australia is this year’s sponsor for the Centre of Excellence Product Stewardship Awards 2021.

Their ongoing commitment to positive product stewardship outcomes expands year-on-year.

As one of Australia’s leading retailers, Kmart is leveraging its scale and global expertise to create meaningful and industry-leading impacts across the planet and people that it touches. Its price leadership and the volume of products sold mean they are actively working to minimise their impact. Key to Kmart’s strategy is industry/supplier collaboration and leveraging the scope of its operations which provides unprecedented scale to make a real difference across product design, material selection, manufacture and distribution through to the customer.

Beyond membership and participation in the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and Battery Stewardship Council’s B-cycle scheme, Kmart is an active participant in the SeatCare Working Group to develop a scheme for baby car seats, is actively investigating system wide solutions to address Australia’s clothing waste problem through a number of industry partnerships and collaborations and is investigating ways to manage the impacts of electrical products across their lifecycle.

To support its broad range of product offerings aimed at making everyday living brighter for their customers, Kmart’s Better Together sustainable development program provides a globally benchmarked framework that supports many of Australia’s product stewardship principles and activities. Key elements of the Better Together program aim to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic, cotton, polyester and chemicals used in manufacturing while increasing the use of recycled materials in textiles, products and packaging and improving human rights and standard of living for those involved in our supply chain.

For more information on Better Together see https://www.kmart.com.au/bettertogether.

Award Winners Revealed

The Product Stewardship Excellence Awards today named Janet Leslie, Manager Sustainability, Canon Oceania and Alex Young, Director, Container Deposit Scheme, NSW EPA, as joint winners of the Product Stewardship Champion of the Year Award for 2021.

The award, bestowed by the directors of the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence, recognises an Australian individual or team who has had a singular impact in driving stewardship forward in Australia.

Chair of the Awards Judging Panel, Dr Damien Giurco said:

“Janet Leslie is a strong advocate for national, multi-stakeholder stewardship schemes and her expertise has been key to delivering positive sustainability outcomes. In addition to her role as Sustainability Manager for Canon Oceania, Janet has made a significant contribution to the design and implementation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark, and the recently launched battery stewardship scheme.

“Alex Young is a systems thinker and pragmatist driven by achieving outcomes and impact across sectors and communities. From setting up the first product stewardship computer take-back trial in NSW in partnership with the computer industry to leading the design, development, implementation, and ongoing management of the NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, Alex has played a pivotal role in shaping and implementing product stewardship policy at both a state and national level. “

There were four other categories judged and awarded:

  1. Best Stewardship Outcomes- Scheme or Industry Collective

Winner: MobileMuster

Judges said: MobileMuster was the top-ranked application for the Scheme or Industry Collective Award. The application is a long-standing government accredited product stewardship scheme that demonstrated significant commitment to consumer education and business engagement in keeping mobile phones out of landfill. Successful outcomes have been achieved with respect to recycling, thanks to strong support from members of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association and the judges highlighted the opportunity in future for repair and reuse of phones in addition to recycling.

  1. Best Stewardship Outcomes- Single Business or Brand 

Winner: Bata Shoe Company of Australia

Judges said: Amongst a high-quality field of applicants, this winner highlighted the opportunities for an individual company to do product stewardship in a new products class, namely the gumboot. The program aims to reduce the number of PVC gumboots going to landfill by collecting gumboots and reutilising the materials in the production of new gumboots consisting of 50% recycled content. The application showed that this relatively new initiative has further potential to scale.

  1. Innovation in Industry-Led Product Stewardship Scheme Design

Judges chose not to award a winner and awarded a Commendation to Big Bag Recovery.

Judges said: In awarding this commendation, judges recognised the potential for this scheme to further develop and expand to address the significant challenge of plastics in agriculture, mining construction and other regional activities. This recently government accredited scheme works to ensure that bags for fertiliser, mulch, salt, sugar and explosives over 15kg or 15L are collected and recycled.

  1. Digitalisation in Product Stewardship  

Winner: ReCollect

Judges said: This award recognised the innovative thinking and practical application of digital tools to facilitate product stewardship via pick-up collection of beverage containers with the option to easily donate the proceeds to charity. Pleasingly a growing range of other waste streams can also be managed via the platform, including mobile phones in the ACT with the potential to expand to other waste streams. The judges appreciated that the tool makes product stewardship more accessible to the whole community.


The Product Stewardship Excellence awards recognise excellence and action in product stewardship and seek to raise the profile of stewardship in business, Government and NGOs.


The Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence thanks our awards sponsor Kmart for their support and on-going commitment to product stewardship.

Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence Awards 2021

The awards aim to recognise excellence and action in product stewardship and seek to raise the profile of stewardship in business, Government and NGOs.

The winners will be announced on Friday, 10 December.

There will be one winner across the following categories:

  1. Best Stewardship Outcomes – Scheme or Industry Collective
  2. Best Stewardship Outcomes – Single Business or Brand
  3. Innovation in Industry–Led Product Stewardship Scheme Design
  4. Digitalisation in Product Stewardship
  5. Product Stewardship Champion of the Year

Read the awards criteria here.

Event Details

When: Friday, 10 December 2021

Time: 4pm AEST

Where: Virtually – via Zoom link

Webinar ID: 818 7530 4994

Make sure you arrive on time and please be aware we will be filming the ceremony.

We would like to thank our generous sponsor Kmart for their contributions in facilitating the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence Awards 2021.

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