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Record entry levels are expected for this year's National Recycling Awards, which feature a new category - best rep...
Record entry levels are expected for this year's National Recycling Awards, which feature a new category - best reprocessing initiative, to be sponsored by Shanks - and the introduction of two other new sponsors - Valpak, who will sponsor the best waste minimisation project and Shotton Paper, sponsors of best community project.

The Awards will be presented on Tuesday, 5 November at a gala dinner, to be held at the Cardiff International Arena, alongside the annual LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee) conference.

Now in their fourth year, the National Recycling Awards have firmly established themselves as a showcase for recycling best practice. Last year's winners included a county-wide scheme in Essex to develop future waste management strategies, a small family business in Kent for its innovative approach to the recovery of laminated and painted plastics from end-of-life vehicles, and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for its high recycling rates and staff involvement in schemes which benefited several charities. The much coveted Recycling Officer of the Year Award was presented to Cornwall County Council's Richard Bower for his personal commitment to recycling, which included local radio 'surgeries' for consumers.

'Almost 140 submissions were received for last year's Awards, with an outstandingly high level of entry,' says Jane Rayner, editor 'Materials Recycling Week', which organises the annual event and is chairman of the judging panel. 'The judges made a point of commenting on how many projects showed great potential but were entered too early in their development. We urge all those who fall into this category to make sure that they enter again this year.'

The full list of categories and sponsors includes:

Best Local Authority Initiative - Severnside

Best Industry Recycling Initiative - Biffa

Best Partnership Project - Evolve (UK Paper)

Recycling Officer of the Year - Serviceteam

Best Waste Minimisation Project of the Year - Valpak

Recycling Target Success - Paperchain

Recycled Product of the Year -

Best Community Project of the Year - Shotton Paper

Best Information and Communications Campaign Environmental Services Association

Best Reprocessing Initiative Shanks

Closing date for entries is 20 September 2002

Entry forms for the National Recycling Awards are available here .


A highly distinguished panel of judges will adjudicate this year's National Recycling Awards, to be presented at a gala evening on 5 November at the Cardiff International Arena. Drawn from across the industry, including local authorities, waste management and the community sector, the judging panel will be chaired by Jane Rayner, editor of Materials Recycling Week, the Awards organisers.

Members include David Burnikell, chairman of the Recycling Industries Alliance; Scott Keiller, environment and public affairs manager, Comet; Dave Kendall, director of Kendall Machinery; Chris Nixon, commercial manager, Linpac; Cathy O'Brien, IWM president 2001/2; Jennie Price, chief executive of WRAP; Duncan Wemyss, secretary of the MVDA and Janet Westmoreland, current chairman of LARAC.

The 2002 Awards, which showcase recycling best practice throughout the industry, have been expanded to include 10 different categories - from Best Local Authority Initiative to Best Information and Communications Campaign and Recycling Officer of the Year.

'In previous years there has been much to learn from the experience of others in how they have helped boost recycling in this country. Six months after last year's results were announced and it is clear that the Awards have also helped winners secure additional funding, both for existing and future projects,' says Jane Rayner.

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