Super-recyclers recognised at the Fifth Recycle Devon Thank You Awards

Posted on: 20 March 2018

The ‘People’s Choice’ champion has been chosen at the fifth Recycle Devon ‘Thank You’ Awards, and it goes to West Devon Borough Council’s collection crew – Round 5.

The annual awards ceremony was held on Friday (16 March) at County Hall, in the Coaver Club, and hosted by Matt and Victoria from Heart Radio’s breakfast show.

And as in previous years, residents nominated their ‘recycling super-hero’ in categories including community groups, businesses, schools and individuals.

Recycle Devon then shortlisted more than 40 nominations and picked category runners-up and winners.

The public were also asked to directly vote for their recycling hero – they could choose any of the nominees, regardless if they won a category or not.

More than 1200 votes were cast, with West Devon Council Round 5 winning almost a quarter of the vote.

The awards recognise those people who do that bit extra to help ensure Devon remains clean and green.

Recycle Devon is a partnership of 10 councils including Devon County Council, eight district authorities and one unitary authority.

The category winners are:

·         Collection Crew/Operative (Recycling, Garden, Food or  Refuse Collector(s), Exeter MRF Team
·         School/Educational Establishment Recycling Hero (Adult): Nigel Rowtcliff, Great Torrington School
·         Your Recycling Hero Child: Harvey Bates, Torbay
·         Your Recycling Hero (Friend, Family Member, Neighbour, or Local Recycling Champion): Jen Harris, Exeter
·         Community Group Recycling Hero:  Tiverton Area Communities in Transition
·         Small Business Champion: David Banks, Refurnish Devon
·         Recycling Centre Operative staff: Charlie Holding, Barnstaple Recycling Centre

All winners and runners up received special handmade Recycle Devon awards, upcycled from glass bottles supplied by Devon company, Glass ReForm based in Barnstaple.

They also enjoyed a scrumptious cream tea sponsored by Alupro.

Chairman of Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee (DASWC) Councillor Duncan Wood said: “These awards have been a great success, 1200 people voting for their recycling hero.
“Congratulations to West Devon Borough Council Collection Crew and all the winners and runners-up.
“And thank you to Alupro, Glass ReForm, Heart and everyone who was nominated and shortlisted.
“Its thanks to you that at last count 55.4 per cent of the total rubbish collected or taken to the county’s numerous recycling centres was recycled and makes Devon one of the top recycling counties.”

Alupro is the industry funded, not-for-profit organisation that represents the UK’s aluminium packaging industry.

List of Category Winners and Runners Up
Collection Crew/Operative (Recycling, Garden, Food or Refuse Collector(s))
·         Winner: Exeter MRF Team
·         Runner up: Yealmpton Crew
·         Runner up: West Devon Borough Council’s Round 5

School/Educational Establishment Recycling Hero (Adult):
·         Winner: Nigel Rowtcliff, Great Torrington School
·         Runner Up: Lyn Wonnacott, St David’s Primary, Exeter

Your Recycling Hero Child
·         Winner: Harvey Bates

Your Recycling Hero (Friend, Family Member, Neighbour or Local Recycling Champion):
·         Winner: Jen Harris
·         Runner Up: Barry Critchlow
·         Runner Up: Liz Saunders
·         Runner Up: Caspar Hughes
·         Runner Up: Pam Rice

Community Group Recycling Hero:
·         Winner: Tiverton Area Communities in Transition
·    Runner Up: Sustainable South Brent Community Composting Project
·         Runner Up: Exeter Repair Cafe
·         Runner Up: Jenny Aherne and the Ali Way Scrapstore

Small Business Champion:
·         Winner: David Banks, Refurnish Devon
·         Runner Up: Margarita Shivarova, AES consultancy
·         Runner Up: Stuart Lethbridge, Cumming Containers

Recycling Centre Operative staff:
·         Winner: Charlie Holding, Barnstaple Recycling Centre
·         Runner Up: Proper Job

People’s Choice Hero:
·         Winner: West Devon Borough Council Recycle Round 5

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