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”.
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 Outstanding Contribution to Recycling award was won by Carole Destre of the Royal Borough of Greenwich; pictured with (l) Lee Marshall, LARAC and (r) sponsor Chris Howard of Countrystyle Recycling
- The Binvasion team from Doncaster Council with (l) Lee Marshall and (r) Julie Fourcade of award sponsor FCC Environment
- Best Partnership award winners from Bolton Council with (l) Lee Marshall and (r) Simon Prior of award sponsor, Viridor
- The Team of the Year Award was won by the Surrey Waste Partnership, pictured, with (r) Simon Baddeley of award sponsor Biffa and (l) Lee Marshall, LARAC
- Bristol Waste Company won the Best Waste Minimisation/Prevention award, pictured with (r) Alyce Morris of award sponsor Repic and (l) Lee Marshall, LARAC
- Best New Idea was won by Cornwall Council, and the team pictured here with (r) Jonathan Wragg of sponsor MGB Plastics and (l) Lee Marshall, LARAC
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.
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.”