LARAC 2023 award winners announced

The 2023 LARAC awards event took place on 11 October, with the ceremony hosted by comedian Robin Morgan.

The awards are held during the two-day annual LARAC conference and recognise the hard work of local authority recycling teams, individuals and partnerships. Cathy Cook, chair of LARAC opened the Awards ceremony with a warm welcome to local authority officers, guests and sponsors. She praised all the finalists for their impressive efforts across the awards categories.

Among the successes were a communications campaign by Wiltshire council for driving down recycling contamination and Fife council for work on mental health.

The ceremony was held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole hotel: save the date for next year, when the conference and awards will take place on 9-10 October at the same location!

The full list of finalists for each category can be found here.

The 2023 winners are:

Best communications campaign of the year – sponsored by Contenur

Winner: Wiltshire Council – Recycling: Let’s Sort It!

In December 2022, statistics indicated that a significant 18% of materials delivered to the council’s waste facility had been wrongly placed in the bin. However, since the launch of the campaign, there has been a remarkable reduction, and by April 2023, the rate of input contamination had notably decreased to less than 10%.

Best Partnership award – sponsored by N+P

Winner: SWISCo Ltd – A Torbay Council Company

SWISCo, officially known as the Southwest Integrated Services Company encompass a broad spectrum of essential services. These encompass waste and recycling management, the nurturing of parks, grounds, beaches, and trees.

Best team of the year – sponsored by Biffa

Winner: London Borough of Hackney – Environmental Operations

Hackney borough council demonstrated that “the sky’s the limit and achieved unprecedented levels of engagement and participation and its environmental operations team is demonstrating excellence.

Best waste minimisation or prevention project – sponsored by Repic

Winner: Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), in collaboration with its private sector partners, oversees the management of waste resources, recycling initiatives, and waste transportation services for five District Councils. Additionally, MRWA has established a distinct partnership with Halton Council, extending its waste management efforts across the broader expanse of the Liverpool City Region.

Best new idea – sponsored by IPL

Winner: Fife Council

Fife Council is dedicated to cultivating a mentally healthy workplace environment for its frontline operatives.

Circular economy achievement – sponsored by Countrystyle Recycling

Winner: Westminster City Council in partnership with Veolia

Maintaining the cleanliness of a 24-hour city is a round-the-clock mission. To ensure that the city remains spotless and inviting for its countless residents, commuters, and tourists, Westminster city council in partnership with Veolia offers a service that operates 24/7, 365 days a year.

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