Wednesday, July 18, 2018
2018 Quality Recognition Award recipients

2018 Quality Recognition Award recipients (L-R): Robbie Warden (UPM), Kirsten Roberts and Durk Reyner (Hertfordshire Waste Partnership), Daiva Janckeviciene (HW Martin), Melvin Colbourne (Next Plc), Gerard Kellett (Newsprinters), Natalie Fee (City to Sea)

The Resource Association has announced the recipients of its annual Quality Recognition Awards, designed to celebrate high-quality recycling delivered to reprocessors.  The Awards were made yesterday (16 July) during the Association’s summer lecture event, held at the National Liberal Club in London.

The Annual Lecture was delivered by renowned campaigner Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea, who also assisted in the presentation of the Awards.

The 2018 awards were presented to (in alphabetical order):

Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (nominated by Palm Recycling), a local authority partnership supplying high-quality source segregated newspapers and magazines to Palm.
HW Martin Waste Ltd (nominated by Novelis Recycling), a recycling company and MRF operator that is a long-standing supplier of aluminium that has developed an understanding of quality to ensure 100% reprocessing in a UK closed-loop system.
J&B Recycling Ltd (nominated by ACE-UK, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment), which has been successful in securing local authority contracts increasing access to food and drink cartons for recycling, with a sustained focus on MRF performance to meet quality standards.
Newsprinters Ltd (nominated by UPM-Kymmene (UK)), a printing company that has been working for many years to ensure closed loop recycling is achieved by recovering newsprint and magazines collected from the contract printing carried out on their site. 
Next plc (nominated by DS Smith Recycling), a major national retailer that last year supplied DS Smith with over 15,000 tonnes of clean used cardboard, demonstrating its commitment to quality by implementing a bale tagging system that ensures every bale of cardboard produced is uniquely labelled so that it can be traced back to when it was produced and who produced it.  

The awards are nominated by the Resource Association’s reprocessor members, based on a criteria of meeting a relevant industry quality standard with no loads of recycled material supplied rejected by the reprocessor during the 2017/18 financial year.

Commenting, Chief Executive Ray Georgeson said: “The quality of recycling is an issue dear to our hearts and we wanted to tell a good story and highlight the art of the possible. I’m delighted that we have winners from the public and private sectors which just reminds us that high quality recycling is achievable, wherever you are in the supply chain.”

Also commenting, Robbie Warden, Chair of the Resource Association said: “The Resource Association quality recognition awards are a fitting way to celebrate the great work going on in our industry and help to highlight the pivotal role that our members the recyclers and reprocessors play in advancing the resources economy.  It was fantastic to see such a wide range of winners from all sides of the industry. I’d like to congratulate all the winners this year on their great achievement.”

Giving the 2018 Annual Lecture, Natalie Fee, highlighted the environmental impact that results from everyday household plastic items and the opportunities to take action to combat this. She described the award-winning activity of City to Sea and the success of its Refill campaign which, among other impacts, now catalogues the location of over 10000 water refill points around the UK in its app.