National Honours for Local Initiative
22 March 2007, News release from FRESHBINS UK LIMITED
Freshbins UK, of Hemel Hempstead, are among the top winners in this year's National Green Apple Environmental Awards.
They won National Runner-Up in the Engineering & Manufacturing category.
Winners were presented with their trophies at The House of Commons, where they were guests of Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt. Michael Cooke, chairman of the judges, presented the trophies.
Commenting on the success, the judges said: "How did we ever manage without wheelie bins? Freshbins have taken this to the next level with the design and development of a machine to wash wheeled waste containers. The water it uses is all filtered and recycled to produce excellent hygiene results with minimum water use."
This is the eleventh year of the Green Apple Awards, now established as one of the biggest environmental award schemes in the world.
The organisers invite entires from any council, company, community or country that is making an effort to protect or enhance the environment, with categories to cover every sector of commerce industry, groups and local government. There were almost 1,000 entries this year.
This is also a Spanish holiday prize for the overall winner of the national title, this year won by Grundfos Pumps.
The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Municipal Journal and numerous other official bodies.
The international campaign is led by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
National Organiser Roger Wolens commented : "This winning paper will now be published with a selection of others in Green Heroes, the international work of reference on environmental best practice that enables many thousands around the world to learn and benefit from the achievements of our winners.
"Our objective is not only to recognise and publicise various environmental endeavours, but also to help others to follow those examples. Anyone can visit the thegreenorganisation.info website to learn from the environmental experiences of previous winners."
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