Organics recycling firm Biogen was named Recycling Business of the Year at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management 2019 at London’s Landmark Hotel Yesterday.
The Awards, run by Letsrecycle.com, also saw Tina Norman-Ross from States of Guernsey Trading Assets clinch the individual award for Local Authority Recycling Champion, after playing a key role in the implementation of the island’s waste strategy.
Other winners in their sector categories were Avon Specialty Metals, for Metals Recycling Business of the Year; Bywaters (Leyton), for Plastics Recycling Business of the Year; Changeworks Recycling, for Paper Recycling Business of the Year; and Countrystyle Recycling, for Wood Recycling Business of the Year.
Biogen also scooped a prize in one of the five sector-specific categories, after a year which saw the company make a series of strategic acquisitions.
Sixteen awards were presented at the event which was hosted by BBC presenter and Masterchef frontman, Gregg Wallace. The ceremony also heard a keynote address from Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, who is chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
Addressing delegates at the event, Mr Parish acknowledged the “great work” which the industry does and called for a collaborative approach to tackling environmental issues.
“We have to now get together and work practically to deliver a better environment,” he said. “When all of you are recycling and in all the good work that you do, let’s make sure it’s proper recycling, let’s make sure it does deliver better things for the environment.
“The most fascinating argument of all is that we have to change our lifestyles in order to change the planet.”
In terms of waste facilities, a household waste and recycling centre in Surrey, operated by Suez, triumphed in the category for Civic Amenity Site of the Year. Meanwhile, Stericycle BioSystems clinched the prize for Best Use of Design and Technology in a Waste Management Facility.
And, a crew from West Devon borough council took the top spot for the Collection Crew of the Year, after what has been noted as a great service performance in 2018.
A small WEEE retail doorstep collection by Dixons Carphone Plc; the Foil for Snappy, York, initiative which collects aluminium for recycling and raises money for charity; and a campaign in the London borough of Lewisham aimed at cutting contamination, were three recycling initiatives to secure awards in their respective categories.
Rothschild & Co with the BPR Group won the Zero Waste Platinum Award and Dell EMC scooped an award for Circular Economy Success for its Bezel2Bezel closed-loop plastic initiative.
Winners on the day also included Smith’s (Gloucester) for Waste Transfer and Skip Hire Business of the Year in what judges described as a “very competitive category”.
The 2019 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management finalists and winners:
Waste Management Initiative in the Retail, Commercial and Public Sector, sponsored by Helistrat
Arriva UK Bus – a diversion of waste from landfill
DHL and Gatwick Airport – recycling achievements
Dixon’s Carphone – small WEEE collection (winner)
Valpak National Cup recycling scheme – coffee cup recycling
WasteCare – battery recycling
Circular Economy Success, sponsored by ERP
Dell EMC – plastics recycling closed loop (winner)
Enval – laminate packaging recycling
Huntingdonshire District Council – plastic recycling locally
Pentatonic – plastics recycling into products
Techlan – reusing silicone release paper
Best Use of Design and Technology in a Waste Management Facility, sponsored by the Environmental Services Association
Egbert Taylor and Nathan’s Wastesavers – secure collection bins
Gap Group UK – fridge plant and other facilities
Stericycle – with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust for sharps management (winner)
Metals Recycling Business of the Year, sponsored by Liebherr
Avon Specialty Metals (winner)
Plastics Recycling Business of the Year, sponsored by CCIC
Aylesbury Granulation Services
Paper Recycling Business of the Year, sponsored by Winfibre
Changeworks Recycling (winner)
Wood Recycling Business of the Year, sponsored by Fireward
Countrystyle Recycling (winner)
Organics Recycling Business of the Year, sponsored by CRJ Services
Biogen (UK) (winner)
Natural World Products
Silverwoods Waste Management
The Green Waste Company
Recycling Business of the Year, sponsored by Ceris Burns International
Avon Specialty Metals
Biogen (UK) (winner)
Waste Transfer and Skip Hire Business of the Year, sponsored by Turmec
ASH Group, Flintshire
Dunmow Waste Management
Smith’s (Gloucester) (winner)
Collection Crew of the Year, sponsored by Go Plant Fleet Services
Oxford Direct Services/Oxford City Council
St Nicks Recycling Team, York
West Devon Borough Council (winner)
Civic Amenity site of the Year, sponsored by REPIC
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Peterborough City Council
Suez recycling and recovery UK, Surrey (winner)
Best Community Recycling Initiative, sponsored by FCC
The Edinburgh Remakery
Foil for Snappy, York (winner)
ISL Waste management with the Henderson Group, the Welcome Organisation and others
Milford Youth Matters, Pembrokeshire
The Social Store, Lancashire County Council
Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative, sponsored by Enva Wood Recycling
Islington Council – reverse lid recycling bin
Lewisham London Borough – cutting contamination, one estate at a time (winner)
Manchester City Council – apartment recycling improvement scheme
re3 partnership: Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils and FCC Environment, via contractor FCCE Berkshire – recycling campaigns
South Gloucestershire Council – Reducing waste, increasing recycling and reducing costs
Local Authority Recycling Champion, sponsored by Biffa
Shelley Holmes, Surrey Environment Partnership
Matt Hulland, Exeter City Council
Tina Norman-Ross, States of Guernsey Trading Assets (winner)
Zero Waste Platinum Award, sponsored by Wastecare
Rothschild & Co with BPR Group (winner)
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