• l-r: Schutz Australia's Leanne Taylor (head of safety, health, environment and quality), Jodie Kerr (business sales manager), and Sandy Kalinowsky (national ticket collections manager).
    l-r: Schutz Australia's Leanne Taylor (head of safety, health, environment and quality), Jodie Kerr (business sales manager), and Sandy Kalinowsky (national ticket collections manager).
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Schutz Australia is a Product Stewardship Excellence Awards 2023 winner for Best Stewardship Outcomes – Large Business for its successful collection service for intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and drums, of which it has recovered around 16,000 tonnes of plastic in the last four years.

The company has demonstrated an innovative approach and commitment to circular practices with its reusable packaging systems through responsible product management, minimising waste and maximising the reuse of resources. 

Schutz’s Ticket Collection program, first initiated around 30 years ago, has grown rapidly recently, and sees the company collect used containers for repair and reuse, while efficiently managing any that can’t be given a new life. 

“The Awards shine a light on those individuals and organisations that go above and beyond in managing products responsibly,” said John Gertsakis, director of the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence.

“This year’s winners have demonstrated what is possible when manufacturers, brands and industry association activate the potential of product stewardship.

“The Centre applauds their achievements and expects that their success will inspire other businesses and industries to follow. As consumers, we should expect much more from the brands we use and support.

“The Centre looks forward to the continued growth of product stewardship thinking and action, and encourages all participants to build on this momentum and drive positive change in their industry.” 

The Product Stewardship Excellence Awards recognise outstanding commitment and innovation in product lifecycle management through national stewardship initiatives across diverse industries and sectors.

Entrants this year reflected a growing number of companies, brands and associations, that are acutely focused on minimising environmental impact, optimising resource use, and enhancing overall sustainability right through to managing products and materials at end-of-life.

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