Recycling stars shine at annual awards
The importance of flagging up good practice, celebrating success stories and rewarding innovation have been recognised at the National Recycling Awards 2005.The winners of the National Recycling Awards 2005 were announced on 25 October in Sheffield by TV presenter and columnist Paul Ross. The recycling stars included two high street retailers, a prison, a company who developed animal bedding from paper mill waste and a foundry, as well as a number of local authorities, community and charitable organisations who have succeeded in helping the UK to recycle more and reduce its dependence on landfill.
Commenting on the entries, Jane Rayner, Materials Recycling Week group editor and chairman of the judging panel said: "There has been considerable investment over the past few years that has been provided to help develop kerbside programmes, upgrade CA sites, and improve communications.
"The use of this funding was clearly demonstrated throughout the entries this year. We're seeing local authorities reaching up to 50% recycling in some areas. And the awareness of recycling and waste reduction has increased through national and regional TV and press campaigns.
"This year we saw examples of real innovation targeting the needs of the local community and engaging at grass roots level. This was particularly true for local authority initiatives that in many cases are tailoring needs to transient populations and are recognising the importance of cultural change.
"We had community projects that are overcoming the barriers to participation, collecting materials in the way the market wants them and producing great results at the same time.
"Within our new categories introduced this year we've seen well-targeted programmes for health and safety policies that set a real example to the rest of the industry to follow. And retail recycling initiatives provided excellent examples of leading from the front with consistent messages."
Snap Shot of the Winners:
Established seven years ago by Materials Recycling Week (MRW), the National Recycling Awards are designed to recognise innovation and excellence in recycling on a national scale over the previous 18 months. They are open to any organisation, community group or company that is affected by recycling, plays an active part in the recycling process or is involved in the production chain of recycled products.
The awards were sponsored by Bankit and Redfearn, Cleanaway, Defra, Evolve, Grosvenor, LARAC, MRW, Onyx, RWM 06, Valpak, Vehicles & Plant Technology, www.mrw.co.uk and Wyvern Waste.
For more information about the winners please see www.nationalrecyclingawards.com
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