Thursday 19 May marked the thirteenth annual Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management. The ceremony recognises those who have gone above and beyond to achieve in a sustainable way. This year’s awards were held at the Landmark Hotel in London.
Entrepreneurs, commercial organisations, local authorities, third sector groups and individual recycling pioneers were honoured at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management, organised by letsrecycle.com.
The awards were hosted by British TV presenter and film star, Charlotte Hawkins. Sponsors of each category revealed the winners of the 11 highly-acclaimed Awards – widely acknowledged as the industry’s equivalent to the Oscars.
The panel of judges agreed the following entrants were worthy of the highest accolades:
Zero Waste Platinum Award, sponsored by Wastecare – Kettleby Foods in Partnership with P.H. Hull & Sons
Retail Recycling Champion, sponsored by Smart Solutions – Tesco & DS Smith: Managing food waste at Scottish Express & Metro Stores
Circular Economy Success, sponsored by ENEVO – Suez: Concrete blocks
Waste Management Initiative in the Commerical and Public Sector, sponsored by the Egbert Taylor Group – Recofloor: The UK’s national vinyl flooring recycling scheme
Design of a Waste Management Facility, sponsored by the Environmental Services Association – Bridport Waste Management Centre: Dorset Waste Partnership
The Best Community Recycling Initiative, sponsored by Viridor – Chapter 1 Charity: 2nd Chance furniture re-use
Recycling Business of the Year, sponsored by Ceris Burns International – Biogen: Food waste to renewable energy, everything taken care of
Collection Crew of the Year, sponsored by UKWSL – University of East Anglia: Norse Waste Solutions
Civic Amenity Site of the Year, sponsored by REPIC – BIFFA: Sheerness HWRC
The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative, sponsored by Hadfield Wood Recyclers – Belfast City Council: Zero Waste Action Plan
Local Authority Recycling Champion, sponsored by Biffa – Maria Kampioti: London Borough of Sutton
Steve Eminton, Editor at letsrecycle.com said: “This past year has been a year of key milestones for the industry. Following COP21 and the EU Circular Economy package, these awards serve to show how local authorities, industry and the third sector are driving forward the resource efficiency agenda by turning their plans into reality and leading the way for others.”
The Rt Hon. Lord Deben, former Secretary of State for the Environment, and Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change shared his experience of the journey the industry has taken from its earliest days. He explained the challenges faced at the time and the achievements of the sector to date. He also warned that without a united voice, the waste management and recycling industry would not be able to overcome future challenges. He urged professional bodies, entrepreneurs and third sector organisations to work together to set the agenda, achieve the ambitious targets set and to make a real impact on environmental issues.
The next Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management will be held in May 2017. For further information, visit the website or contact Katie Steed at Environment Media Group by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7633 4522.