Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Some of the award recipients with Resource Association Chairman Robbie Warden and event guest speaker Dr. Dominic Hogg

The Resource Association has announced the recipients of its inaugural Quality Recognition Awards, designed to celebrate high-quality recycling delivered to reprocessors.  The Awards were made during the Association’s Annual Lecture event on Tuesday 11th July, held at the National Liberal Club in London.
The Annual Lecture was delivered by noted industry commentator and analyst Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairman of Eunomia Research and Consulting who also assisted in the presentation of the Awards.
In alphabetical order, Resource Association Quality Recognition Awards were presented to:
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in conjunction with Bryson Recycling (nominated by Huhtamaki Lurgan)
the Co-op (nominated by DS Smith Recycling)
Conwy County Borough Council (nominated by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, ACE-UK)
Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee (nominated by Palm Recycling)
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (nominated by Novelis Recycling)
Wastesavers Recycling Ltd (nominated by UPM-Kymmene UK)
Each of the Association’s reprocessor members was asked to nominate suppliers worthy of consideration for an award, based on agreed criteria set by our Board which included ensuring that the supplier had met relevant industry quality standards in the year 2016-17 and had no loads rejected by the reprocessor in the same year.  The shortlisted were then peer-reviewed by our whole Board (including the non-reprocessor members) and approved for receipt of a Quality Recognition Award.
Resource Association Chairman Robbie Warden of UPM (who was the originator of the idea) commented: “Our purpose in initiating this Awards scheme is to emphasise the good practice and the positive work being done to achieve consistently high quality recyclate by suppliers to reprocessors.  The quality of recycling remains an issue dear to our hearts and we wanted to showcase to good work being done and say, ‘thank you’ to suppliers who deserve acknowledgement and recognition for their efforts.”
Chief Executive Ray Georgeson concluded: “The recipients come from across the range of local authority, private sector and social enterprise interests in the supply chain and are a testament to the way all parts of that chain can work well to deliver high quality recycling.  Our congratulations go to all those recognised and we ask you to keep up the good work! To others we say, feel free to understand in more detail how well-designed collection and sorting systems, combined with dedication and good communication between the generator of the resource, the intermediaries and the end-users can produce consistency and high quality.  Forget Mission Impossible, this is Mission Possible!”
The Quality Recognition Award recipients were presented with a framed Certificate of Recognition and joined the Association’s other guests in celebrating at the Association’s Summer Reception that followed the Annual Lecture and Awards ceremony.
1. The Resource Association focuses on championing the value of UK reprocessing and recycling in terms of employment, resource efficiency and integrity, carbon reduction and our role in the low-carbon, green economy.  It works with Governments across the UK, the European Commission, other trade associations and stakeholders with shared interests.  Our member companies and organisations represent an estimated £3.3bn contribution to UK GDP, the recovery and recycling of over 7 million tonnes annually and the employment of over 12,500 people.  Further information at 
2. Members of the press present at the event tomorrow (July 11th) are welcome to take photographs.  For those not present, photographs of recipients will be available on request on Wednesday July 12th and some will have been posted on Twitter during the ceremony using @Res_Association 
3. A short summary of each recipient’s activity is attached below – this is a summary version of the presentation made at the Awards ceremony by MC, the Association’s Chief Executive:
Our first Quality Recognition Award has been nominated by Huhtamaki (Lurgan) and goes to a collaboration between a district council and social enterprise in Northern Ireland which consistently delivers high-quality recycling, currently to over 16,000 households using the combination of the Wheelie Box (triple box) and Romaquip multi-material compartment kerbside collection vehicle, with high-quality fibre collected feeding Huhtamaki’s needs for their range of fibre-based packaging, including egg boxes.  The first Quality Recognition Award goes to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in conjunction with Bryson Recycling.  Please welcome Aileen Callaghan of Bryson Recycling to accept the award. 
Our next Award has been nominated by DS Smith Recycling and goes to a major national retailer which has a strong collaborative relationship with the reprocessor in managing cardboard and plastic packaging back-of-store.  Information on any contamination spotted in bales is quickly fed through the entire supply chain and a dedicated Supply Chain Manager focuses on both volume and quality to deliver carbon benefits. The Quality Recognition Award goes to the Co-op.  Please welcome Andy Turnau from the Co-op to accept the award, together with Peter Clayson of DS Smith.
The next award has been nominated by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE-UK) and goes to a Welsh local authority which makes the extra effort to ensure that cartons are positively picked off the line at their MRF after delivery from their in-house kerbside collection, ensuring the quality is consistently good. The Quality Recognition Award goes to Conwy County Borough Council. Conwy were not able to be here today, but I am pleased to say they will be presented with their award by Mandy Kelly of ACE-UK at tomorrow’s LARAC Wales Conference.  
The next award has been nominated by Palm Recycling and goes to a partnership of English local authorities that have strived to provide a quality News and PAM product during the life of their contract with the reprocessor. This has been undertaken by ensuring a clear understanding of the value of recyclable material, and good working relationship with the re-processors that they provide material to. With a source segregated collection of material carried out by East Devon DC, Mid Devon DC, North Devon DC and Teignbridge DC and a co-mingled excluding glass collection carried out by Exeter City Council separated by their own internal sorting facility. The councils have worked hard to ensure that they understand the quality requirements of the paper mill. The Quality Recognition Award goes to the Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee.  Please welcome Chris Callister of Exeter City Council, together with Sarah Raymond of Palm Recycling. 
The next Award has been nominated by Novelis Recycling and goes to a Welsh local authority that not only works hard to understand the quality requirements of the end-users of material, the reprocessors, but does this successfully having adopted the Welsh Government Blueprint for recycling collections, with weekly separate collection in Romaquip vehicles, weekly food waste and revisions to residual waste collection.  High-quality kerbside sort and further hand picking of material at the MRF combines to deliver the best quality product to the reprocessor. The Quality Recognition Award goes to Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council.  Please welcome Christian Jones and Chris Walters, together with Andy Doran and Keith Guest of Novelis. 
The last – but certainly not least – Award has been nominated by UPM Kymmene and goes to a Welsh social enterprise that works in partnership with their local authority.  They have supplied consistent high-quality material for a number of years without rejection and have recently upgraded their main site.  Again, operating in the spirit of the Welsh Collection Blueprint and having been successfully collecting recyclables for 25 years, they work hard with their local authority and reprocessor customers to deliver quality, deploying innovative collection techniques (for example, in flats) and displaying a flair for effective communication. The last Quality Recognition Award for 2017 goes to Wastesavers Recycling of Newport. Please welcome Penny Goodwin and Ian Syms of Wastesavers, together with Robbie Warden of UPM.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and once again congratulations to all our Award recipients.  Keep up the good work delivering high quality recycling.
4. For members of the press present, you will be welcome to photograph and cover the comments made by Dr Dominic Hogg of Eunomia in his Annual Lecture.