12 October 2018 by Joshua Doherty

LARAC winners highlight ‘amazing work’

The winners of the annual LARAC celebration awards were announced earlier this week, with awards ranging from best council communication campaign to team of the year.

LARAC chair Carole Taylor welcomed everyone to the annual event, which is now in its tenth year and held during the LARAC local authority recycling officers committee’s annual conference. She praised all the finalists for all their enthusiasm saying the Awards “recognise the achievements and hard work of local authority recycling officers and their colleagues over the past 12 months”.

2018 Awards

Finalists and award winners at this year’s LARAC Celebration Awards (with Warwickshire’s cardboard William Shakespeare!)

Big data

Cornwall Council picked up the prestigious best new idea award, which is sponsored by MGB Plastics. This was for the council’s ‘big waste data’ project, which enabled it to accurately collect data and make this more openly available to residents. This then lead to an increase in demand for recycling services from residents.

The Best Communications Campaign award, which is sponsored by FCC Environment,  went to the #binvasion campaign, which was implement by Doncaster Council.

The South Yorkshire borough ran a communications campaign on Twitter which was widely praised for the roll-out of its blue bins, depicting the bins as invaders with a series of tweets which also explained to the public how the roll-out would work in a contract run by Suez.

There was more success for councils in the north of England as Bolton council picked up the Best Partnership award, sponsored by Viridor,  for its ‘Educating Bolton’ campaign.

The joint initiative with other bodies saw the council interacting with residents to find solutions to problems they have, which included making recycling easier.

A “days of action” campaign was then launched to address the issues raised, which included accumulations of waste, fly tipping and litter.

Teamwork

However, there was further success for those in the south, as the Surrey Waste Partnership pipped Mid and East Antrim and Rochdale Council to the Best Team of the Year award, which was sponsored by Biffa,  for its flats recycling trials, which reduced contamination from 21% to 9% in purpose built flats.

Meanwhile, the Bristol Waste Company picked up the best waste minimisation prevention project, sponsored by Repic,  for its #resuse #wastenothing campaign, and Carole Destre from Greenwich Council took the outstanding contribution award, which was sponsored by Countrystyle Recycling.

Congratulating the winners, Lee Marshall, CEO of LARAC, said: “These are some really good examples of the amazing work going on in our industry. I hope you will make time to find out more about all of our finalists and learn from their experience.”

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