National Recycling Awards finalsists announced

The short list for the National Recycling Awards 2005 has been published today. Among the finalists are local authorities from across the country, high street names, community groups, manufacturers of recycled product and providers of recycling services.

The winners will be announced by TV presenter and columnist Paul Ross at a black tie gala dinner at The Ponds Forge Centre in Sheffield on 25 October, following the opening day of the annual Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) conference, which takes place at Sheffield City Hall on 25 and 26 October.

Sponsored by Bankit, Cleanaway, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Evolve, Grosvenor Waste,, Onyx, Redfearn Glass, Valpak and Wyvern, 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.

Established seven years ago by Materials Recycling Week (MRW), the awards have proved increasingly popular. Four new categories were introduced this year: Best Local Authority and Community Sector Partnership, Best Retail Recycling Initiative, Best Commitment to Health & Safety Practices and the Lifetime Achievement Award (which will be voted for by readers of MRW).

The entries were judged by a panel of industry professionals chaired by Jane Rayner, group editor of MRW. The judges included: Neil Ferris, LARAC vice-chairman; Andrew Hartley, programme director for Recycle Action Yorkshire; George Bond, president of the British Metals Recycling Association 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005; Barbara Herridge, executive director, Waste Watch; Julie Brown, head of communications and PR, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP); Alistair KJ Lamont CIWM president 2004-2005; Paul Rogers, group energy and waste manager, Whitbread and Martin Bragg, municipal area manager, Isuzu Truck.

Jane Rayner said: “These are the industry’s premier awards and the standard was again very high this year. We’ve introduced new categories to reflect the changes within the industry and these attracted a large number of entries. This made the judging process even more challenging – although this was a great situation to have to deal with.”

The finalists, announced today, include:

Best Information and Communication Campaign

Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Pendle Borough Council

Ptarmigan PR for Cartridge World

Somerset County Council

Recycled Product of the Year

BPI Recycled Products for 100% Recycled Polythene Sacks

BPI Recycled Products for Visqueen Building Products

Envirosystem (UK) Ltd

Best Retail Recycling Initiative

Closed Loop London & Marks & Spencer

JD Wetherspoon

The Co-operative Group

Best Industry Recycling Initiative

Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd

Tyco Electronics UK Ltd

United Utilities

Best Innovation in Market Development

Ambiente Housing Systems

Envirosystem (UK) Ltd

Waste Minimisation Project of the Year

Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd

HMYOI Wetherby

The National Wood Recycling Project

Best Commitment to Health and Safety Practices

Cumbria Waste Management Ltd

ECT Recycling

Verdant Group Plc

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

H Williams & Sons Ltd

Best Partnership Project for Recycling

Carrick District Council

Norfolk County Council


Wincanton, Comet and Remploy

Recycling Officer of the Year

Kenny Boag – South Lanarkshire Council

Nicola Buck – London Borough of Barnet

John Bugby – Kettering Borough Council

Shona Dryburgh – Moray Council

Alison Hunter – Vale Royal Borough Council

Best Local Authority Initiative

Cardiff County Council

Carrick District Council

Leeds City Council

Somerset County Council

Recycling Target Success

Cherwell District Council

Harborough District Council

Leeds City Council

Vale Royal Borough Council

Best Local Authority and Community Sector Partnership

Newport City Council and Newport Wastesavers

Lancashire County Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Warwickshire County Council

Best Community Project for Recycling

HMYOI Hindley Wigan and Leigh College of Learning & Skills

Newport Wastesavers

Tower Hamlets Co-operative Development Agency

Vote for the Lifetime Acheivement of the Year Award

The National Recycling Awards have taken nominiations for this award from across the recycling industry and now we are asking the industry to vote for its prefered choice. Voting is taking place online at

Attending the National Recycling Awards

Bookings are now being taken for tables or seats for the Awards night on October 25th. Bookings can be made on-line at or by calling Lisa Warren on 020 8277 5645

For more information or to book a table at the awards dinner see or call 020 8277 5501.

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