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KP Snacks crowned the Zero Waste Platinum Champion at the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management


A south London collection crew and a Belfast city council recycling initiative were crowned champions at the eleventh annual Awards for Excellence in Waste Management and Recycling.

Retail giant Marks & Spencer in partnership with Helistrat, a recycling officer from Ealing and a Liverpool-based community waste initiative also received accolades for their work in waste management and recycling at the prestigious event which took place at the Landmark Hotel in London yesterday (May 1). For a full list of winners please see the list below.

Hosted by renowned ITV newsreader Julie Etchingham, the highly-acclaimed 2014 awards were presented to the winners of the 11 categories.

Commenting on the entries, Steve Eminton, editor of, said: "The standard of entries this year was undoubtedly the highest we’ve ever seen. We sincerely congratulate every organisation and individual who was acknowledged as a 2014 finalist, because that is an incredible achievement in itself. The judges had a tough task selecting the winners.

"But those winners deserve great praise for their achievements – they have proved an unswerving commitment to the UK’s sustainability agenda and a forward-thinking approach to ensuring long-term recycling and waste management success. I look forward to seeing what further developments unfold between now and our 2015 Awards for Excellence campaign.”


ZERO WASTE PLATINUM AWARD, sponsored by SAICA Natur and Wastecare

KP Snacks: Iconic British food producer KP Snacks achieved zero waste to landfill across all eight of its UK sites in 2012 – with staff training and improved understanding of how waste can be prevented a key component of KP’s strategy. Staff workshops, training sessions and poster campaigns helped to maintain focus on waste initiatives, while KP has also worked with its suppliers to reduce secondary packaging and has seen major reductions in food waste.

RETAIL RECYCLING CHAMPION – charity partner, British Heart Foundation

Westfield Stratford City in partnership with Wastesolve: Located next to the Olympic Park, Westfield Stratford City has over 300 retail stores offering a diverse set of challenges for increasing recycling. The centre has its own ‘Green Academy’ set up to educate tenants and promote the message of resource sustainability which forms a part of a comprehensive communications campaign. Waste reduction has formed the core of Westfield’s actions, with zero waste to landfill also a key aim.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY SUCCESS, sponsored by Brocklesby

ECO Plastics, Lincolnshire: Lincolnshire-based plastics recycler ECO Plastics has been at the forefront of plastic bottle recycling in the UK, operating one of the most advanced plastics recycling plants in the world. Through its joint-venture with Coca-Cola Enterprises, Continuum, ECO Plastics recycles a significant proportion of the PET plastic bottles that are produced in the UK – much of which is then turned back into new Coca-Cola bottles.


Marks & Spencer in partnership with Helistrat: Marks & Spencer has committed to ensuring that its zero waste to landfill goal is maintained across all of its 766 UK stores as part of its Plan A initiative. This has been achieved through communications and targeted training for staff, as well as engaging with customers and others further up the supply chain. M&S’s iconic ‘Shwopping’ scheme has seen over 7.3 million items of clothing reused or recycled.

DESIGN OF A WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY, sponsored by Recycling Registration Service in association with the Environmental Services Association

Calder Vale Road Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wakefield Council: Wakefield council’s temporary HWRC at Calder Vale road was set up in June 2013 to replace an existing facility which had been closed for refurbishment. Operating within a number of constraints – the council and its contractor Shanks have sought to maximise usability at the site by efficient design and a layout focussed on the waste hierarchy and encouraging recycling and reuse.

sponsored by DHL Envirosolutions

Bulky Bob’s Crisis Furniture Scheme, Liverpool: Merseyside-based social enterprise Bulky Bob’s collects bulky household waste on behalf of local authorities and diverts it from landfill through innovative reuse and recycling initiatives. During 2013 – the organisation’s 25th year in existence – Bulky Bob’s diverted 70 tonnes of furniture from landfill as well as engaging in programmes to encourage unemployed people back into work.

RECYCLING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Ceris Burns International

The William Tracey Group, Glasgow: Among the leading waste management firms in Scotland, William Tracey Group has led efforts to promote the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which came into effect in January 2014, through its ‘JOURNEY 3, 2, 1… ZERO COUNTDOWN TO ZERO WASTE’ campaign. The campaign has included seminars for clients, customer service calls to advise on compliance with the regulations, communications and educational resource materials, alongside investment in new technologies.

COLLECTION CREW OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Geesinknorba

RC8, Croydon council: RC8 consists of three crew members – Nic Chappell, Lewis Elvin and Dave Murray – working in the London Borough of Croydon for Veolia Environmental Services collecting recycling from domestic properties. In particular, their efforts to keep recycling collections in Croydon on schedule when the borough was hit by flooding early in 2014 have been recognised, with the three man crew working longer hours to ensure services were not affected.


Northwich Household Waste Recycling Centre, Cheshire West and Chester council and HW Martins: Northwich HWRC has undergone significant changes in recent months, including a accepting a greater range of materials for recycling and an increased volume of WEEE coming on to the site. With increased signage and significant engagement from site staff, landfill diversion rates have continued to climb, and are forecast to hit 78% this spring.


Belfast Inner City Recycling Initiative, Belfast City council: Improving recycling performance in Belfast’s inner city has been identified by Belfast city council as a key area to improve its overall recycling performance. To this end, a new recycling scheme was set up in 2012/13. Against a challenging social backdrop, the council has yielded impressive results, increasing participation rates form an average of 43% at its start to 79% in February 2014.


Jessica Bunker, London Borough of Ealing: Jessica Bunker has led a range of initiatives across the West London borough of Ealing to increase recycling participation and has coordinate communications campaign for a range of schemes including recycling rewards, bulky reuse, WEEE recycling and garden waste. Her efforts have helped increase the borough’s recycling rate by as much as 2%.


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