11 May 2018 by Elizabeth Slow

Recycling Lives and DS Smith among 2018 Awards for Excellence winners

Waste management and scrap metal recycling firm, Recycling Lives, was crowned Recycling Business of the Year at the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management at London’s Landmark Hotel yesterday.

The company also scooped a prize in one of five new categories, Metals Recycling Business of the Year, for its work over the last 12 months, which included creating jobs for marginalised groups.

The finalists and winners at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management 2018

Other winners of the new sector specific awards included GENeco, for Organics Recycling Business of the Year; Community Wood Recycling, for Wood Recycling Business of the Year; RPC bpi Recycled Products, for Plastics Recycling Business of the Year; and DS Smith Recycling, for Paper Recycling Business of the Year.

Ceremony

Sixteen awards were presented at the event which was hosted by presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley, with a keynote address from Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, founding member of the All Party Sustainable Resource Group and a former chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee.

Opening the awards ceremony, Rachel Riley said: “I’m delighted to be here today. I couldn’t have been asked to do this at a more pertinent time because waste and recycling management is definitely having a ‘moment’.”

“Businesses and individuals alike are taking notice and the tide is turning the right direction.”

She said that Blue Planet 2 has had a big on the way the public and key decision makers in the UK are looking at the problem of the plastics pollution. “And it’s making us more concerned about the bigger questions of how we should deal with our waste in general and whether we need to create the amount of waste that we’re doing so.”

“I congratulate everyone here nominated today. It’s a wonderful occasion which allows us to focus on the spread of achievements by all the awards finalists, and the old cliché is true, you are all winners to come this far so very well done.”

Winners

A recycling team from the Royal borough of Greenwich was named Collection Crew of the Year after achieving the highest performance levels out of all fifteen recycling crews in the borough last year. And, Catherina Pack, waste and street service manager at the London borough of Ealing received the individual award for Local Authority Recycling Champion.

(article continues below – click left to right to see pictures from the Awards)

Flintshire

The Best Community Recycling Initiative went to the soft furnishings deconstruction project, run by social enterprise REFURBS Flintshire. On the local authority side, South Staffordshire council’s Festive Bin Men of Christmas scooped the award for The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative. The University of Winchester also received the Waste Management Initiative in the Retail, Commercial and Public Sector award for its coffee cups initiative, ‘Chew Fancy a Brew?’

A materials recycling facility operated by re3 – the partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading, Wokingham borough council and FCC Environment – won the award for Best Use of Design and Technology in a Waste Management Facility. And, the Ivybridge household waste recycling centre operated for Devon county council by Suez, was awarded Civic Amenity Site of the Year.

Wastecycle was awarded Waste Transfer and Skip Hire Business of the Year, Moy Park and Biffa IRM bagged the Zero Waste Platinum Award, while MGB Plastics was recognised for Circular Economy Success.

35 under 35

The top three entrants into the 35 under 35 awards programme, Joe Allen from First Mile, Victoria Hutchin from consultants WYG and Edward van Reenen from Bywaters also received awards.

The awards programme, organised by letsrecycle.com in partnership with Grundon, identifies the ‘young guns’ in the sector who are striving for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to their company, local authority or community.

The 2018 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management finalists and winners:

Zero Waste Platinum: Sponsored by Helistrat and WasteCare

·         Driving Sustainability, Moy Park and Biffa IRM (winner)
·         The Woodhorn Group
·         Wessex Water Services Ltd

Waste Management Initiative in the Commercial and Public Sector: Sponsored by Wastepack

·         Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Reinvest, Dunelm and Biffa
·         ‘Chew Fancy a Brew?’ The University of Winchester’s Coffee Cup Initiative (winner)
·         Tube Lines Ltd and Bywaters
·         Westfield Europe Ltd in Partnership with Veris Strategies

Circular Economy Success: Sponsored by European Recycling Platform

·         Mainetti
·         MGB Plastics (winner)
·         Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group
·         The Bio-Bee, GENeco

Best Use of Design and Technology in a Waste Management Facility: Sponsored by Environmental Services Association

·         Southall Lane MRF: Hounslow, Eunomia, Wilmott Dixon, Lampton 360
·         Re3 MRF (winner)
·         Innovative Food Waste Tipping Solution for Tesco, Whitham Mills Engineering Ltd.

Metals Recycling Business of the Year: Sponsored by Liebherr

·         Ward Recycling
·         R Collard
·         Recycling Lives (winner)

Organics Recycling Business of the Year: Sponsored by Gemidan

·         Agrivert
·         GENeco (winner)
·         Levenseat Organics Team
·         4R Group

Wood Recycling Business of the Year: Sponsored by Fireward

·         Community Wood Recycling (winner)
·         Hadfield Wood Recyclers

Plastics Recycling Business of the Year: Sponsored by YS Reclamation

·         Mainetti
·         RPC bpi Recycled Products (winner)
·         Clearpoint Recycling Ltd

Paper Recycling Business of the Year: Sponsored by The Environment Exchange

·         Highlander International Recycling
·         DS Smith Recycling (winner)
·         CS Recycling

Recycling Business of the Year: Sponsored by Ceris Burns International

·         Recycling Lives (winner)
·         GENeco
·         Community Wood Recycling
·         RPC bpi Recycled Products
·         DS Smith Recycling

Waste Transfer and Skip Hire Business of the Year: Sponsored by Turmec

·         GBN Services
·         Wastecycle (winner)

Collection Crew of the Year: Sponsored by Armadillo Supplies

·         Royal Borough of Greenwich Recycling Team (winner)
·         Sandwell Recycling Collection Crew 2, Serco
·         Recycle Round 5, West Devon Borough Council

Civic Amenity Site of the Year: Sponsored by Repic

·         Ivybridge HWRC, Devon County Council (winner)
·         High Heavens HRC, FCC Environment
·         Lynbottom HWRC Operated by Amey in Partnership with Isle of Wight Council

The Best Community Recycling Initiative: Sponsored by Smart Solutions

·         Fyne Futures
·         Soft Furnishings Deconstruction Project, REFURBS Flintshire (winner)
·         A Charity Active in the Tees Valley, FRADE
·         Repair Café Leytonstone, London Borough of Waltham Forest’s Waste and Recycling Team

The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative: Sponsored by Hadfield Wood Recyclers

·         Rescued and Reused Bikes, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
·         Festive Bin Men of Christmas, South Staffordshire Council (winner)
·         Food Waste Recycling, Surrey Waste Partnership
·         Slim My Waste – Feed My Face, Bristol Waste Company

Local Authority Recycling Champion: Sponsored by Biffa

·         Catherina Pack, London Borough of Ealing (winner)
·         James Baughan, Oxford City Council


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