On November 29, the Waste Contractors and Recyclers Association of NSW (WCRA) held its annual dinner and awards night at the William Inglis Hotel in Chipping Norton.
The WCRA team described is as a resounding success with 240 attendees and some generous fundraising for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and St Vincent de Paul. Throughout the evening attendees listened to the BEATNIX playing some memorable classics and Vince Sorrenti entertaining the crowd.
iQRenew read the marketing flyer and followed the PPE theme by turning up in their pink safety vests. Kate Washington, MP for Port Stephens and Shadow Minister for the Environment and Heritage, also attended. There were also giveaways on the evening – sponsored by CJD Equipment, TWUSuper, the Green Goanna and Tyres4U.
The WCRA team extended their thanks to the staff of iQRenew, Brandster Services, Suez, URM and Bio Elektra for their award nominations.
The President’s Award, sponsored by Gallagher, was awarded to iQRenew for its virtual quarry to recover crushed glass. This process of washing crushed glass will result in a high-quality civil sand (from the domestic recycling stream).
The WCRA Safety Award, sponsored by TWUSuper, was awarded to Ben Horton and Kerry Browning from Brandster Services for their bravery in responding to an incident involving an overturned barge. Their actions saved the life of a co-team member who was submerged.
Fundraising – drought relief and bushfire victims
Resulting from a request by JR Richards to purchase one of the iQRenew pink vests and raise funds for NSW Rural Fire Service, a total of $12,950 was collected. This was made up from the purchase of iQRenew safety vests by JR Richards, Jeff Brandstater, Halgan Liquid Waste and iQRenew. A further $1,450 was provided by URM and $1,500 raised from the sale of two front lift steer truck tyres (provided by Tyres4U) which were purchased by Veolia Environmental Services. A further $500 was raised and sent to St Vincent de Paul in Orange for their drought relief fund.