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Ceremony reveals winners of 2023 Awards for Excellence

The 2023 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management celebrated its 20th year in style yesterday (11 May), with a range of companies, local authorities and individuals all recognised.

Finalists and winners at the 2023 Awards for Excellence (Photography by Karla Gowlett)

The 20th anniversary edition of the awards were hosted by television presenter Mark Durden-Smith, at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

European Metals Recycling (EMR) was named as the Recycling Business of the Year, the London Borough of Hackney won the ‘Circular Economy Success’ award. A full list of the 20 categories can be seen below.

Environment minister Rebecca Pow delivered a recorded message, outlining the steps the government has taken on waste reforms.

The president of the British Metals Recycling Association, Susie Burrage OBE, then gave a keynote speech where she praised the activity, innovation and success of the finalists and award winners.

She explained that while it is clear we are moving in the right direction, “I, like many others, am still awaiting policy clarity which will give us the confidence to move forward.”

On upcoming legislation impacting the metals sector, Ms Burrage added : “The BMRA are having ongoing discussions with the UK’s environmental agencies regarding the classification of non-WEEE cables and shredder residue. As things stand, both are expected to be deemed hazardous wastes in the coming weeks and months. Discussions over possible POPS classifications are still taking place.”

Winners

Winners (marked in green) and finalists were:

WASTE MANAGEMENT INITIATIVE IN THE RETAIL, COMMERCIAL & PUBLIC SECTOR
Sponsored by Beauparc

Partnership between New Covent Garden Market and Bio collectors
The Ministry Of Defence’s delivery of the Greening Government Commitments 4 Years Early, Greenzone Facilities Management Ltd working in partnership with Aramark Defence Services Ltd
White Goods Return Scheme, Reuse Network, Currys, DHL Envirosolutions
Sustainability is top of the shopping list for Dolphin Shopping Centre, Savills (Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole) & Grundon
Empower energy evolution, for a cleaner world, Uniper UK Ltd & Novati


CIRCULAR ECONOMY SUCCESS
Sponsored by the European Recycling Platform

The BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy Model, Essex County Council
#ZeroWasteHackney, Go Beyond Recycling, London Borough of Hackney
Driving Islington’s circular economy through small business, ReLondon in partnership with Islington Council
RMF Eco Range, RMF Installation and Services Ltd
It’s not just the pitch that’s green, Veolia


BEST USE OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY IN A WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY
Sponsored by Environmental Services Association

Biffa Polymers PET Recovery Plant, Biffa Waste Services
Doherty-defined design, Re-Gen Waste


INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Bartec Municipal Technologies

Applying AI-Powered Automation to Improve Recovery of Film and Flexible Packaging, AMP Robotics
ELV Depollution & Dismantling Equipment – The “Power” Range, Green Car Depollution Ltd
The Zero Emission, Maximum Productivity, JCB Electric Teletruk
MaintMaster innovative software helps companies improve efficiency, MaintMaster Systems Ltd
Unique-every-time QR codes, Ocado Retail and Polytag


METALS RECYCLING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Liebherr

EMR
Metal Recycling Meets Climate Change, Total Waste Management


PLASTICS RECYCLING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Recycleye

IPL Bright Green (Part of the IPL Global group)
MBA Polymers UK


PAPER RECYCLING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Winfibre

Bringing the World to Your Business, Ekman Recycling Limited
A recycling legacy built on taking an innovative approach to paper, Recorra


WOOD RECYCLING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Wastepack

Countrystyle Recycling
EGGER Timberpak Ltd


ORGANICS RECYCLING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by CRJ Services Ltd

Biogen UK
Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd
Growing Organically, GBRS LTD


THE RECYCLING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Severn Trent Green Power

EMR


WASTE TRANSFER & SKIP HIRE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by TREST

ASH Group
Cawleys
Innovation in delivering net zero, Collard Group


COLLECTION CREW OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Faun Zoeller

Business Waste Team, Cherwell District Council
Friends of St Nicholas Fields
Terry, Alan and Peter show how front line crews can drive service transformation at Enfield, London Borough of Enfield


CIVIC AMENITY SITE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by REPIC

High Wycombe, FCC Environment in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council
Mid and East Antrim’s Christmas Toy Container, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Sunderland Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Sunderland City Council


HEALTH & SAFETY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by SiteZone Safety

FCC Environment Wellbeing Initiative, FCC Environment
Near Miss Campaign, Urbaser Ltd
StreetKind, Veolia UK


BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY RECYCLING INITIATIVE
Sponsored by PermiServ

Transforming Hounslow’s food waste collection service, Lampton Services Recycle (wholly owned by the London Borough of Hounslow)
Home Hot Composting Trial, Northumberland County Council
Accessible waste storage: co-designing bins with older and disabled residents, London Borough of Islington
Reuse Santa, Yorwaste


CONTRIBUTION TO TACKLING NET ZERO
Sponsored by Cory Group

Biffa and Manchester City Council electric fleet
Reuse and Repair, FCC Environment
Mercedes-Benz eEconic, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK
O’Donovan (Waste Disposal), FORS


LOCAL AUTHORITY INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Biffa

Delivering excellence in the community with waste reduction volunteers, Cheshire East Council / Ansa Environmental Services
Team Devon, Devon County Council Waste Management Team
Strategy and Development Team, Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Waste Awareness Education in Northumberland, Northumberland County Council


RECYCLED PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by WRAP

AO Recycling, Volution Group and Ultra-Polymers
Beauparc deliver ‘industry-first’ fully recycled & coloured wheelie bin, Beauparc Group
Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd


SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE FUELS PROGRESS AWARD
Sponsored by Energy, Fuels, & Decarbonisation Expo (Part of ESS – Environmental Services Expo)

Project NorthPoint – Making waste to sustainable aviation fuels a reality, Fulcrum BioEnergy Ltd
Solid Improved Refuse Fuel Pellets (SIRF) – the solution to a low carbon, energy secure future, WKE


SERVICE CHANGE AT A LOCAL AUTHORITY LEVEL
Sponsored by Plan B Management Solutions

Small Electrical Project, Durham County Council
Recycling Really Mattress: a North London Success Story, NLWA
Food waste recycling service roll-out, Westminster City Council and Veolia Environmental Services


Entries for the 2024 Awards will be invited later in 2023.

Interested in alternative awards running within the waste industry at present? The ’35 under 35′ awards is accepting entries until June 23, looking for the trailblazers of the industry who are 35 and under during 2023. More information can be found here: 35-under-35.com

The Zero Waste Awards recognise and reward organisations for their efforts in reducing the amount of their waste and making good use of resources, and award a one to five star rating. More information can be found here: zerowasteawards.com

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