Awards for Excellence 2021 winners revealed

Organics recycling firm, Severn Trent Green Power was named Recycling Business of the Year at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management 2021 held at London’s Landmark Hotel on Wednesday (21 July).

Winner of the Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative, sponsored by Enva: Buckinghamshire Council

The Awards, run by, made their come back as an in-person event this year, and welcomed guests from all areas of the waste management sector.

Meltog Ltd triumphed with the award for Machinery and Equipment innovation of the year, a category new to this years’ awards.

Sector categories

Other winners in their sector categories were Bright Green Plastics for Plastics Recycling Business of the Year, Shreddal SDS Group for Paper Recycling Business of the Year, and Westminster Waste for Wood Recycling Business of the Year.

Severn Trent Green Power also clinched the prize for Organics Recycling Business of the year.


Fifteen awards were presented at the event which was hosted by Channel 4 presenter Kate Quilton.

In her opening address before the awards, Mrs Quilton expressed gratitude for the work the waste management sector has done during the pandemic.

She also reflected on moments in her career that made her appreciate the work the industry does, such as when she visited countries that do no have “any form” of waste management and collection systems.

Mrs Quilton added that she was in awe of the work that attendees to the event undertake in their everyday life to carry out essential services.


In terms of waste facilities, Newport city council won the prize for its household waste recycling centre (HWRC) in the Civic Amenity site of the year category, while Veolia won Best Use of Design and Technology in a Waste Management Facility for its compost oversize processing.

And, city of Wakefield council won the collection crew of the year award, for its commitment to ensuring critical front line services during the pandemic.

See the full list of finalists and winners below:

Waste management initiative in the retail, commercial and public sector

Sponsored by Reconomy

Avison Young, Piccadilly Place – Piccadilly Place Goes Green!

Winner: Bywaters – A sustainable approach to supporting the healthcare sector during the pandemic

Garden Organic – Promoting home composting online through the pandemic

IPL/MGB Plastics Ltd – Part of the solution, not the problem.

Circular Economy Success

Sponsored by European Recycling Platform

Collard Group – Recycling the Past for the Future – our unique Ready Mix Concrete

Slicker Recycling – Waste Oil to Base Oil – Slicker’s Contribution to the Circular Economy

Winner: Sadlers Carton Stockholders– Diverting Waste Cardboard Boxes to Reuse in Large Volumes

Zotefoams Plc –  ReZorce® Circular Packaging – 100% recyclable mono-material barrier packaging

Best use of design and technology in a waste management facility

Sponsored by Environmental Services Association (ESA) 

H. Brown & Son (Recycling) Ltd –  Equipment Innovation

Community Wood Recycling – Community Wood Recycling Electronic Waste Transfer Note

Winner: Veolia – Compost Oversize Cleaning

Machinery & Equipment Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Ecosurety

Future Industrial Services Ltd

Winner: Meltog Ltd – Innovative Powder Recovery Shredding System

Veolia and Westminster City Council – Veolia Westminster e-tricycle

Vision Techniques – VT STOPSAFE

Metals recycling business of the year

Sponsored by the Blue Group 

Avon Metals

Winner: John Lawrie Metals Ltd

Plastics recycling business of the year 

Sponsored by CCIC Inspection

Aylesbury Granulation

Winner: Bright Green Plastics

Cromwell Polythene Ltd

Paper recycling business of the year 

Sponsored by Winfibre

Ekman Recycling Limited


Winner: Shredall SDS Group

Wood recycling business of the year

Sponsored by Fireward

Scott Pallets

Timberpak Ltd

Winner: Westminster Waste Limited

Organics recycling business of the year

Sponsored by CRJ Services

GAP Organics

Paper Round & Vegware

Winner: Severn Trent Green Power

Recycling business of the year

Sponsored by Kiverco

Winner: Severn Trent Green Power

Waste transfer and skip hire business of the year

Sponsored by Turmec

EIS Waste Services Ltd

Winner: Powerday PLC

Weybridge Group

Collection crew of the year

Sponsored by Beauparc

Ansa Environmental Services

Winner: City of Wakefield Council

North Northamptonshire Council and FCC Environment

Civic amenity site of the year

Sponsored by REPIC

Buckinghamshire Council and FCC Environment

Winner: Newport City Council

West London Waste Authority – Abbey Road Household Reuse & Recycling Centre

Health & Safety Initiative of the Year 

Sponsored by Sitezone Safety

London Borough of Hillingdon – Protecting waste service staff during covid

Westminster City Council and Veolia – Re-opening the West End

Winner: Zero Waste Scotland – Zero Waste Scotland COVID Site Adaptation Fund

The best local authority recycling initiative

Sponsored by Enva

Winner: Buckinghamshire Council – Bucks Zero Waste Map

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council – #SortItOutTameside paper and card contamination campaign

Northwest Leicestershire District Council – Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative – Recycle more…

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