LARAC 2017 Awards finalists revealed

The local authorities in with a shot at this year’s Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) 2017 Celebrations Awards have been announced, as this year’s finalists are unveiled.

LARAC Awards
Winners at the 2016 LARAC Celebration Awards

The annual event, which is now in its ninth year, recognises the achievements and hard work of local authority recycling officers and their colleagues over the past 12 months.

With a total of six categories, ranging from Best Communication Campaign of the Year, to LARAC Recycling Champion, local authorities have the chance to come together to celebrate and share ideas and innovations.


Officers from East Ayrshire council, Staffordshire Waste Partnership and Rochdale council have been shortlisted for the individual prize, while organisations among the finalists for best new idea, include Bolton council, North West Cambridge, the Surrey Waste Partnership and the Welsh Local Government Association.

The winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on the

LARAC Awards
The winners of the LARAC 2017 Awards will be announced on the evening of October 11

evening of October 11 – following the first day of the annual LARAC conference.

There are still places available for the LARAC Conference and Celebration Awards, book your place today here.

LARAC 2017 is organised by letsrecycle.com.


The 2017 finalists in full:

Best Communication Campaign of the Year

Sponsored by European Recycling Platform

A Mountain to Climb, Maldon District Council

Community Campaign to Recycle More, East Devon District Council

Homes of Multiple Occupancy Recycling Improvement Project, West Sussex County Council

Plan Eat Save Campaign, Norfolk County Council

Best New Idea

Sponsored by Suez

Guide Bins for the Blind, Bolton Council

North West Cambridge Underground Bin Collections

Recycling Search Tool, Surrey County Council on behalf of the Surrey Waste Partnership

Waste Benchmarking Portal, Welsh Local Government Association

Best Partnership

Sponsored by Viridor

Improving Flat Recycling in North Hertfordshire, North Hertfordshire District Council and North Hertfordshire Homes

North West Cambridge Underground Bin Collections

Transforming Bins into Water Butts, Bolton Council

Working in Partnership, Maldon District Council and SUEZ

Best Team of the Year

Sponsored by Biffa

Gloucester City Council

Joint Waste Team, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Council

Oxford City Council

Waste Awareness Team, Durham County Council

Best Waste Minimisation or Prevention Project

Sponsored by REPIC

St Mary’s RC Primary School Waste Reduction Project, South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership

The Caddy Family – Food Recycling Campaign, Maidstone Borough Council

Want Not, Waste Not, Cheshire West and Chester Council

WEEE Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Project, South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership

LARAC Recycling Champion

Sponsored by Countrystyle

Douglas Gardiner, East Ayrshire Council

Kay Cocks, Staffordshire Waste Partnership

Nigel Goulding, Rochdale Council

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