Belfast and Biogen among 2016 Awards for Excellence winners
There were local authority winners from Belfast city council to Sutton’s Maria Kampioti at this year’s Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management ceremony held in London yesterday (19 May).
Eleven awards were presented at the event which was hosted by ITV presenter Charlotte Hawkins with Lord Deben giving the keynote address (see letsrecycle.com story).
Food recycler Biogen was crowned ‘recycling business of the year’ while other winners included the retail giant Tesco with DS Smith, also for work on food waste.
The collection crew champions were Ronnie Oakes and Fred Norris of Norse Waste Solutions in Norwich. Suez clinched the circular economy award while Recofloor gained recognition for its national recycling work.
On the south coast, the most innovative design in the waste management sector was judged to be Dorset Waste Partnership’s Bridport waste management site, while Biffa was awarded the civic amenity site of the year prize for its work at the Sheerness HWRC.
An award was also given on the production side to Kettleby Foods working with PH Hull and Sons.
WRAP’s head of resource management, Linda Crichton, representing the Award’s judges told finalists and guests at the event, held at London’s Landmark Hotel, on 19 May, that the sector was seeing a huge ‘transition’ in ideas and services.
Mrs Crichton said: “When details of all the entries arrive I sometimes worry if there will be new ideas and solutions. But, then I have no doubt because it is wonderful to see how many people are still devising new and improved ways of delivering services and communications with innovation and fresh ideas.”
Charlotte Hawkins said: “To me it is so interesting and exciting to see the very wide example of the sector, which seems to involve much more than I would ever have thought: I see we have finalists from councils, companies, charities and individuals ranging from council officers to fantastic collection crews.”
Zero Waste Platinum Award, presented by Peter Hunt of WasteCare (centre) with Charlotte Hawkins to Kettleby Foods and PH Hull & Sons, with Steve Eminton (right) [Photographs by Karla Gowett]
The Retail Recycling Champion Award, presented by Joel Hope-Bell, CFO of Smart Solutions, (second from right) with Charlotte Hawkins, to Tesco and DS Smith, and Steve Eminton (right)
The Circular Economy Success Award, presented by Rob Bresler of Enevo (second from right) with Charlotte Hawkins, to Ian Kenney (centre) and colleagues from Suez, with Steve Eminton (right)
The award for Best Waste Management Initiative in the Commercial and Public Sector, presented by Liz Carroll from Egbert Taylor Group, with Charlotte Hawkins, to Carla Eslava of Recofloor, who is holding the trophy, and Steve Eminton
The award for Innovation in Design of a Waste Management Facility was presented by Jacob Hayler, of the Environmental Services Association (second from right) with Charlotte Hawkins, to Councillor Anthony Alford and Karyn Punchard of the Dorset Waste Partnership for the Bridport waste management centre, and (right) Steve Eminton
The award for the Best Community Recycling Initiative was presented by Dan Cooke of Viridor (second from right) with Charlotte Hawkins, to Nat Kidd and Anne Rathbone of Chapter 1, a national homeless charity, with Steve Eminton
The award for Recycling Business of the Year was presented by Ceris Burns of Ceris Burns International (second from left) with Charlotte Hawkins, to (l-r) Alan O’Connor, Rob Bartley and Anita Smith from Biogen, with (right) Steve Eminton
The award for Collection Crew of the Year went to the “Happy Collecting Crew” of Ronnie Oakes and Fred Norris (centre) of Norse Waste Solutions at the University of East Anglia. Chris Giscombe (second from left) and Garry Johnson (second from right) of UKWSL presented the award and are pictured with Charlotte Hawkins and (right) Steve Eminton
The award for Civic Amenity Site of the Year was presented by Philip Morton of Repic (second from right) to the team from Sheerness HWRC in Kent with Charlotte Hawkins and (right) Steve Eminton
The award for Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative was awarded to Michael Ferguson and Richard Buller of Belfast city council for its zero waste action plan. The trophy was presented by Gayle Whittaker for Hadfield Wood Recyclers, with Charlotte Hawkins, to the city council.
The Local Authority Recycling Champion Award was presented by David Maidman of Biffa, with Charlotte Hawkins, to Maria Kampioti from the London borough of Sutton and with Steve Eminton (right)
And, ahead of the 2016 Awards, the audience were invited to tweet their prediction of the winners would. With the most accurate entry, the charity Giveacar won a bottle of champagne. Pictured are: (l-r) Charlotte Hawkins; Charlotte Long-Howell and Patrick Church of Giveacar; and Steve Eminton
Steve Eminton, editor of letsrecycle.com, and a member of the judging panel, said: “It’s often said, but it was very hard to pick the winners from a set of excellent finalists, so congratulations to all the finalists as well as the winners.” (for the full list of finalists, click here).
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