An independent book manufacturing business which has drastically reduced its carbon footprint was among the companies honoured at this year's Severnside Achievement in Recycling Awards, held in Cardiff last week.The MPG Books Group, which has operations in Cornwall and Norfolk, was given the letsrecycle.com award for overall excellence in recognition of its work in cutting waste, water and energy use, as well as purchasing responsibly. The award is not open for nominations but the winner was picked from the the entries to the other awards.
The event on Thursday evening (May 13) brought together some of the UK's leading blue chip organisations to recognise the positive steps that have been taken towards reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
Winners included Next Retail Ltd which was won the Best Commitment to Change Business Practice Award for its work in recycling and investment in a Yorkshire recycling facility and Orchid Environmental Ltd which won the Landfill Diversion Technology Award for the company's recyling and energy recovery facility on Merseyside.
Severnside is a subsidiary of multinational packaging company DS Smith Plc and provides recycling and waste management services to customers such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer. It received a record number of entries for its 2010 awards, demonstrating the emphasis businesses are now placing on improving their waste performance.Entries were invited from Severnside's diverse customer-base and looked at a number of key areas, including best practice, technology, partnership, individual achievements and retail initiatives.
Mat Prosser, Severnside's commercial director and host for the evening, said: “It's fantastic to bring so many of the UK's leading companies together and be able to recognise all the hard work they are putting into making significant environmental improvements. Too often, household names become the scapegoat for the country's poor performance when it comes to waste, but actually they're leading the way when it comes to the implementation of often complex new recycling practices.
“Our awards are one way to say well done for the positive results that have been achieved. The event also demonstrates the innovations that are delivering results not just in environmental terms but also on the bottom line.”
This year's winners were:
• Best Commitment to Change Business Practice Award – Next Retail
• Landfill Diversion Technology Award – Orchid Environmental
• Recycling Partnership Award – Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
• SME Recycling Initiative Award – Wiles Greenworld
• Sustainable Environment Award – Marks & Spencer
• Retail Recycling Initiative Award – Tesco
• letsrecycle.com Award for Excellence – MPG Books