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Get in! Recyclers win top business awards

A number of recycling firms are breaking out the bubbly to celebrate being awarded a Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Out of 137 awards granted this year in the UK's highest accolade for business, several were companies involved in recycling.

These included scrap metal firms Dunn Brothers 1995 and G.D Metal Recycling, mobile phone recycler Fonebak, machine supplier Advanced Crusher Spares, wood chippers and green waste shredders Greenmech and ScotAsh which recycles ash produced by coal-fired power stations into building materials.

Another winner included metal recovery merchants F.J Church and Sons. Director Patrick Church said: "It's not a glamorous industry [metal recycling], but the Award acknowledges the vital role that we are able to play in an economic life-cycle and I think Frances Joseph Church would be very proud to see how far his family business has come."

While crushing equipment manufacturer Terex Pegson also won an Award. General manager Keith Tudor said: "An accolade of this importance is a significant recognition of our achievements and a source of great pride to our company."

Winners are allowed to use the Queen's Award Emblem for the next five years. They can also attend a reception at Buckingham Palace and receive a presentation at their own premises by a representative of the Queen.

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