Recycling achievements have dominated a prestigious set of environmental service awards presented by Stephen Timms.
A vehicle dismantler and a compost producer were among 13 firms presented with a Business Commitment to the Environment award by the Energy Minister.
Several companies including printer manufacturer Ricoh were also awarded for implementing good recycling practice in-house.
Almost 200 applications were received for the awards, which were presented by Timms at the Lincoln Centre in London.
North London-based Redcorn was delighted to become the first scrap firm to receive one of eight major commendations. The authorised treatment facility was praised for leading the way in vehicle disassembly at the ceremony.
National Recycling Award winner Apex, a partnership between Onyx, Cleanaway and Sita, went one better by claiming a premier award for its composting scheme.
Onyx Hampshire Composting manager Peter Mills (pictured) said: This is a real achievement for Onyx and the Apex team.
We are delighted that green recycling has once again been recognised as a best-practice initiative.
Ricoh gained a major commendation for a waste-reduction programme that led to a 65% reduction in the amount of rubbish it threw out.