O2 and South Bucks officer among 2015 Awards for Excellence winners

Winners of the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management include telecoms giant O2 for phone recycling, a collection crew from Kensington & Chelsea and a recycling officer from South Bucks District Council.

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Winners and finalists on stage with presenter Eamonn Holmes at the Awards for Excellence ceremony in London yesterday (May 14) – click image to enlarge

The Awards, organised by letsrecycle.com, were held at London’s Landmark Hotel yesterday (May 14).

Sophie Thomas delivering her keynote address
Sophie Thomas delivering her keynote address

The audience also heard from Sophie Thomas who is director of circular economy at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and founder of The Great Recovery. She told the audience of her experience in working to improve sustainability in product design and her work to ‘build bridges’ between designers and recyclers.

She said: “Designers need to build teams with resource management at the heart. We need strong cross-sector collaboration, you have a lot of insight that my sector never ever sees and we need that information to see where we can change our designs.”

The Awards presenter for the day was Eamonn Holmes, who said he realised what a tough job the industry faced in pushing up recycling rates, particularly as the public could be less than helpful as he had found when he worked on a recent news piece with a collection crew in Belfast.


Simone Singleton receives her Local authority recycling award from Biffa's
Simone Singleton from South Bucks DC receives her local authority recycling award from Biffa’s Liz Talbot

Top local authority award, the Local Authority Recycling Champion, went to Simone Singleton, waste projects officer at South Bucks DC for her work in rolling out a new collection scheme and chargeable green waste service. Judges praised her for “what she has achieved as an individual. She has leveraged a lot from few resources and gave committed service in a demanding area.” The award was sponsored by Biffa.



A crew of four, the K7 Crew working for SITA UK – now Suez environnement – clinched the Collection Crew of the Year award for their work. Crew leader Danny Davies was singled out by the judges for his understanding and hard work: “the crew had an amazingly low complaint level in a challenging environment.” The award was sponsored by Bywaters.

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(l-r) Eamonn Holmes, Nicola Harris of O2, Brendan Murphy of Taylor, Craig Fullicks of O2 and Steve Eminton

Work by O2 Recycle, in partnership with Redeem, to promote phone recycling to its business, local authority and consumer customers saw it take the award for Waste Management Initiative in the Commercial and Public Sector, sponsored by Taylor. The company was hailed for “embedding behaviour change at every step of customer interaction.”



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(l-r) Eamonn Holmes, Peter Hunt of Wastecare, New York Bakery and Biffa winners, Johan Sundblad of Saica Natur and Steve Eminton

The UK’s largest maker of croissants and bagels, New York Bakery Co, won the Zero Waste Platinum Award (top prize in the Zero Waste Awards scheme) for its work in reduction of food waste and overall waste minimisation, working with contractor Biffa. The award is sponsored by Saica Natur and WasteCare. Judges were pleased that “a relatively small amount of waste was going to energy from waste and good progress was made in what can be a difficult manufacturing process”.



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(l-r) Eamonn Holmes, Viridor’s winning team from the Rochester Plastics Recycling Facility, Jacob Hayler of Environmental Services Association and Steve Eminton

Viridor secured the award for best Design of a Waste Management Facility, sponsored by the Environmental Services Association with the company’s plastics recycling facility in Rochester, Kent. The ultra modern and state-of-the-art plant was praised by judges for “the fact that there is flexibility in the plant and that it can deal with a very large range of plastic materials.”



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(l-r) Eamonn Holmes, Jo Bates and Ryan Marsall from Intu Chapelfield shopping centre and Paul Cleverley of Smart Solutions

The retail sector was also recognised at the Awards with the Intu Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich bestowed with the Retail Recycling Champion’s Award. Judges liked the great in-house commitment and the ongoing work to separate food waste along with central sorting of materials. The Award is sponsored by Smart Solutions.



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Eamonn Holmes with Kate Ravenscroft of Novelis and sponsor Ian Woods from the Textile Recycling Association

Aluminium reprocessor Novelis gained the Circular Economy Success Award which is sponsored by the Textiles Recycling Association for its use and promotion of recycling for aluminium. Novelis was praised for being a “tree closed-loop pioneer in the UK with its work helping to underpin a lot of recycling areas.”



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Eamonn Holmes with Paul Helm and Sean Gilligan, Amanda Williams of DHL Envirosolutions and Steve Eminton

This year’s award for Best Community Recycling Initiative went to Blackpool council’s “Rover” mobile recycling service. Rover is a van used to offer additional recycling opportunities to residents and it also collects gifts for social services to pass on to disadvantaged families and individuals. The award is sponsored by DHL Envirosolutions and judges praised the “good partnership between the council and charities involved and that the authority had responded to a gap in waste services.”



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Eamonn Holmes with Clare Noble, Peter Felton of PHS Waste Management; Ceris Burns of Ceris Burns International; and Marina Marks of PHS

PHS Waste Management won the Recycling Business of the Year Award for its work in recycling fluorescent tubes and aerosols. The judges praised the company for its success in “addressing special waste materials and achieving good recycling levels.” The Award was sponsored by Ceris Burns International.



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Winners of the CA site of the year award with sponsor Dr Philip Morton of Repic

Winner of the Civic Amenity Site of the Year, sponsored by Repic, was Northamptonshire’s Brixworth HWRC run by Amey. Judges liked the site’s good health and safety record and its very high level of customer satisfaction along with a strong recycling performance.



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(l-r) Eamonn Holmes with winners from Cheshire West and Cheshire Council and sponsor Cherie Hadfield of Hadfield Wood Recyclers

The award for the Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative, sponsored by Hadfield, went to Cheshire West and Chester Council for its Chester Student Communication Campaign which included pizza nights to explain recycling to students. Judges liked the reach and approach of the communications campaign.


The full finalists 2015 Roll of Honour for the Awards for Excellence is:


Zero Waste Platinum: sponsored by SaicaNatur and WasteCare

  • Americk Webtech (NI), Enniskillen
  • Intu Shopping Centre, Norwich
  • New York Bakery with Biffa IRM, Swinton
  • Thermofisher Scientific, Inchinnan


Waste Management Initiative in the Commercial and Public Sector: sponsored by Taylor

  • Aintree University Hospital with B&M Waste Services
  • Bath Business Improvement District with SITA UK
  • Carlsberg with Cory Environmental
  • O2 Recycle


Design of a Waste Management Facility: sponsored by the Environmental Services Association

  • CSH Environmental, Colchester
  • Plastics Recycling Facility, Rochester – Viridor
  • Public Power Solutions, Swindon
  • SITA UK Suffolk Energy from Waste facility


The Best Community Recycling Initiative Award: sponsored by DHL Envirosolutions

  • Bulky Bob’s Fresh Start, Liverpool
  • Cheshire Waste Reduction Volunteers
  • Rover – Mobile Recycling Services, Blackpool
  • Total Clearance, Total Reuse CIC, Skelmersdale


Recycling Business of the Year: sponsored by Ceris Burns International

  • BPR Group Europe, London
  • EMC Europe, Burton on Trent
  • PHS Waste Management, Caerphilly
  • Simply Cups, Dagenham


Collection Crew of the Year: sponsored by Bywaters

  • Angel Recycling Team, London
  • Bulky Bob’s, Liverpool
  • K7 crew, SITA UK, Kensington & Chelsea
  • Oxford City Council collection crews


Civic Amenity Site of the Year: Sponsored by REPIC

  • Brixworth Household Recycling Centre, Northampton – Amey plc
  • Heighington HWRC, HW Martin for Durham County Council
  • Priorswood Recycling Centre, Somerset run by Viridor for Somerset Waste Partnership
  • South Access Road Reuse & Recycling Centre, Waltham Forest, run by LondonWaste Ltd for North London Waste Authority


The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative: sponsored by Hadfield

  • Chester Student Communication Campaign, Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • London borough of Hackney’s Food Recycling Experiment
  • Rochford District Council Flats Improvement Programme
  • Sweep Wise 55, Liverpool Partnership – Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority with Amey and Veolia


Local Authority Recycling Champion Award: sponsored by Biffa

  • Adam Herriott, Woking Borough Council
  • Emma Harrison, Customer Relationship Team Leader, Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Jade Austin, Recycling Officer, Rochford District Council
  • Simone Singleton, South Bucks DC


Retail Recycling Champion: sponsored by Smart Solutions

  • Grand Arcade, Cambridge and Amey Cespa
  • Incentive FM, St. Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull
  • INTU Shopping Centre, Chapelfield, Norwich
  • Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough


Circular Economy Success: sponsored by Textile Recycling Association

  • BPR, London
  • Novelis, Warrington
  • Olleco, Liverpool
  • RDC, Essex


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