Terms and conditions

Win up to $5,000 for your favourite garden or environmental project

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group ABN 64 480 279 309 of Level 4, Tower 4, World Trade Centre, 18-38 Siddeley Street, Melbourne Vic 3005 is the promoter (‘the Promoter’). Information on how to enter the competition (‘Promotion’) forms part of these Terms and Conditions.


  1. By nominating a project, the Nominator acknowledges and agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  2. Entry is via the form available online at www.backtoearth.vic.gov.au.
  3. The 28 council areas eligible for participation in the Promotion are Banyule, Bayside, Brimbank, Boroondara, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Monash, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges, Macedon Ranges, Strathbogie, Greater Shepparton (‘Participating Councils’).
  4. Persons eligible to enter and nominate a project must be Australian residents who live, work or have an association with an eligible organisation operating within the municipal area covered by one of the Participating Councils (‘Participating Council Area’).
  5. Employees (and their immediate families) of the Promoter associated with this Promotion are ineligible to nominate.
  6. There are four (4) categories of organisations eligible for nominations (‘Nominated Organisation’): Early Learning Centre, Primary School, Secondary School and Community Group.
  7. For the purpose of this Promotion an eligible Community Group is a registered and/or verifiable community organisation in a Participating Council Area that benefits and contributes to the local community for public good. It does not include private businesses, professional, sporting, political or other groups which the Promoter may determine, at its sole discretion, are involved in the conduct of activities that may offend prevailing community standards. The Promoter, at all times, and in its sole discretion, may determine the eligibility of a Community Group with regards to, and not limited to, the nature of the activities, the structure and any other considerations determined by the Promoter.
  8. A person who meets the criteria set out in Clause 4 (‘Nominator”) may nominate a project that meets an environmental/garden need in the community, is located within a Participating Council Area, and is for a Nominated Organisation (‘Nominated Project’).
  9. The Nominator (if they are not an Authorised Representative of the relevant Nominated Organisation) must obtain written consent from the Authorised Representative of the relevant Nominated Organisation (and, if applicable, the land owner) to nominate the project.
  10. Authorised Representatives are operational leaders who have financial responsibility for the running of the Nominated Organisation. This includes school principals, heads of early learning centres and executive officers of community groups.
  11. The Nominator must provide evidence to the Promoter of the Authorised Representative’s approval of the nomination. This must be sent through to BacktoEarth@MWRRG.vic.gov.au once the nomination has been submitted online. A nomination will not be considered complete unless evidence of approval is provided. Evidence of approval can be in one of three ways:
    • An email from the relevant Authorised Representative granting permission for the nomination and confirming the project.
    • A letter from the relevant Authorised Representative granting permission for the nomination and confirming the project
    • A permission form (available from the website) signed by the relevant Authorised Representative
  1. Nominations may be submitted from 10am Monday 2 March 2020 and must be received by the Promoter by 4.00pm Friday, 17 April 2020. Nominations are deemed to be received at the time of receipt by the Promoter and not at the time of transmission by the entrant.
  2. An organisation/project may only be nominated once. Should multiple nominations be received for the same organisation/project, the Promoter reserves the right to select the Nominated Project that will be eligible for the voting phase.
  3. The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify any information contained in the Nomination concerning the Nominator, Nominated Organisation or Nominated Project, and to disqualify any Nominator who submits a Nomination that is incomplete or not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights.
  4. The Promoter will assess each Nomination, against the selection criteria (see point 16), in its sole and absolute discretion as to whether the nomination complies with these Terms and Conditions (including whether it meets a community and environmental/garden need) and whether the available Prize can reasonably fund a portion of, or all, the requirements of the Nominated Project.
Selection criteria Details
1. Project integrates Back to Earth Initiative messages Messages:“We put your food and green waste to good use.”

“Your household food and green waste is composted and used to help farms, parks and gardens bloom”

“The Back to Earth Initiative shows us that what we put in our household green bins can be turned into useful compost that helps gardens and farms grow.”

“It is important you find out what goes in the green bin. Plastic, glass and other rubbish doesn’t break down when your waste is composted.”

Messages could be shared: at the project itself, use of recycled compost, physical signage, updates/communication with the community.

Nominating Organisation must specify how it will communicate the messages in at least two ways.

e.g. in its newsletter/newsletter, social media, at events, paid advertising, school notice board, etc

2. Community outcomes The project articulates community benefits (beyond those directly involved) in response to community need. The project partners with other organisations to achieve its outcomes, e.g. schools-community group partnerships, government agencies, NGOs, experts, programs.
3. Capacity to deliver The project nominators demonstrate commitment to the project by clearly outlining the contribution (financial or in-kind) their community will make. The project looks realistic and achievable given the value of the prize and resources the nominators are committing to it
4. Environmental impact The project has a positive environmental impact e.g. waste/recycling outcomes, biodiversity, water, food and is supported by other systems or programs to ensure lasting environmental benefit e.g. workshops, curriculum, community information, campaigns. The project demonstrates something new or innovative or showcases good practices.
  1. Incomplete Nominations will be deemed invalid.

Consents, warranties, publicity and use of materials

  1. In entering the Promotion the Nominator warrants that all information submitted in the Nomination is true, accurate and complete.
  2. All Nominations become the property of the Promoter and may be used, reproduced, published, displayed or transmitted by the Promoter, for the purposes of the Promotion.
  3. Nominators submitting a photograph, image or logo warrant that they own the copyright or other intellectual property interests in any such photograph, image or logo, or have the written permission of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interests to supply and allow the Promoter to use the photograph, image or logo for the purposes of the Promotion. Nominators submitting a photograph warrant that they have obtained permission from all individuals identifiable in the photograph for the photograph to be used by the Promoter for the purposes of the Promotion. Where a photograph contains identifiable images of a minor, the Nominator must have the prior written consent and permission from the minor’s parent or legal guardian for the photograph to be used by the Promoter for the purposes of the Promotion.
  4. Nominators warrant that if their Nominated Organisation wins the Prize the Nominated Organisation consents to the Promoter using its name (either in full or in part), likeness and image, and any photograph, film footage and/or audio recording made in connection with this Promotion, and to reproduce or publish such material in any medium, for an unlimited period without further notification, remuneration or compensation, for the purpose of this Promotion, the Back to Earth Initiative and councils’ green waste services.
  5. Nominators warrant that, in the event their Nominated Project wins a Prize, the Nominator and/or representatives of the winning Nominated Project will participate in all reasonable promotional activities in relation to the Promotion as requested by the Promoter and its agents.
  6. The Promoter collects personal information of the Nominator in order to conduct the Promotion. The Promoter may provide contact details of Nominators to their respective local councils so that the councils may contact them regarding the Back to Earth Initiative and local waste minimisation or recycling initiatives and services. Entry is conditional on providing this information.

Voting for the winner

  1. After the Promoter has assessed all Nominations, those Nominations deemed eligible will be available for viewing, sharing and voting on the Back to Earth Initiative website.
  2. A person can vote for multiple projects but only once per day for a single project. Where multiple votes by a single person for a single project are registered on the same day they will be deemed void.
  3. Employees (and their immediate families) of the Promoter are ineligible to vote.
  4. If a person voting grants permission via the Back to Earth Initiative website, the Promoter may provide contact details of that person to their local council for the purpose of the council contacting that person regarding the Back to Earth Initiative and local waste minimisation initiatives and services.
  5. The Nomination with the most votes at the end of the voting period (10am, 29 May 2020) will win the grand prize ($5,000).
  6. After the winner has been determined, the Nomination with the most votes in each of the participating councils will receive $1,000. A total of 28 runner up $1,000 prizes are available.


  1. The prizes can be used by the winning Nominated Organisation (Winning Organisation) of the Winning Projects, to redeem any of (but is not limited to) the following garden/environmental-related items:
    • landscape design and construction services (e.g. landscaping, design and build of garden beds, outdoor areas etc)
    • plants
    • landscaping supplies (e.g. pavers, soil, gravel, timber)
    • water tanks and irrigation
    • compost bins and worm farms
    • garden tools and equipment.
  1. The prize money must be used for the purposes outlined in the Nomination. Prize money must not be used for labour or general maintenance. This includes regular maintenance undertaken by the Winning Organisation to maintain its grounds such as lawn mowing or hedge trimming.
  2. The prize must be redeemed by 11 December 2020.
  3. The Winning Organisation must submit a Winner’s Report on the Winning Project outlining how the prize money was spent to MWRRG by 11 December 2020. The Winner’s Report template is available on the Back to Earth initiative website.
  4. Alongside the Winner’s Report, the Winning Organisation must also submit invoices or receipts which demonstrates full expenditure of the prize money as outlined in the Nomination to MWRRG by 11 December 2020.
  5. If the prize has not been fully redeemed by 11 December 2020, the prize (or portion of prize that has not been redeemed) is forfeited and must be returned to MWRRG.


  1. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are lost or delayed, or not received for any reason, or for any inability of a Nominator to complete, continue or conclude a Nomination due to technical difficulties or equipment malfunction.
  2. The Promoter and its agencies and companies associated with the Promotion will not be liable for any loss (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss), damage or personal injury which is suffered or sustained, relating to the Promotion or the awarding, taking or use of the Prize, except for liability which cannot be excluded by law, in which case liability is limited to the minimum amount allowable by law.