Friday, October 21, 2005

Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

The winners of the 2005 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management were announced at a celebratory lunchceon at London's Savoy Hotel on Wednesday. The awards are run by and seek to recognise innovation, dedication and success in recycling and sustainable waste management. Winners in each of the nine categories received a custom designed crystal award trophy, along with the honour of the title. The awards were presented by ITV newscaster Mary Nightingale. Each category was sponsored, and the 2005 awards received almost 140 entries. Winner of the High Street Recycling Champion category, sponsored by Severnside, was Northern Ireland retailer Wineflair. Commercial Recycling Champion for 2005, sponsored by Valpak, was Katrina Alexander in recognition of her work in implementing recycling schemes at Bullingdon prison. The award for Commercial Waste Management Initiative, sponsored by Envirocomms, went to food company Nature's Way. The Local Authority Recycling Champion 2005, sponsored by Arbiti Consolidated, went to Barnet for its controversial move to impose a legal requirement on residents to recycle. The most keenly contested award, according to the judges, was the Local Authority Recycling Champion award, sponsored by Defra. Winner Kevin Pickaver, of Rushcliffe Borough Council, pipped fellow finalists Steve Bakewell of Vale Royal Borough Council and Mark Beagley and Edd de Coverly of Ashfield District Council. The award for Innovation in Design of a Waste Management Facility, sponsored by the ESTET Trust, went to Battlefield Enterprise Park near Shrewsbury. The honour of Collection Crew of the Year, sponsored by SITA UK, went to Daniel Frost and Edward Halkett of Daventry District Council in recognition of their work providing a dry recyclables collection service to rural parts of Daventry. The award for Resource Management Industry and Local Authority Partnership, sponsored by PaperChain, went to Viridor and Suffolk Recycling Consortium. The CA Site of the Year Award, sponsored by Transform, was awarded to Highbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre.