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NRAs 2015 Team of the Year: Finalists

Spirit Pub Company

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Spirit Pub Company (above)

Key to Spirit Pub’s reverse waste solution is a relationship with third party distributor Kuehne + Nagel and collaboration with other key stakeholders. An example of efforts to close the loop is through the recycling of used cooking oil. The company trialled a biofuel derived from its own waste cooking oil within the food distribution fleet. Tests to date indicate an 85% carbon reduction saving a year per vehicle compared with traditional mineral diesel. Each year the solution enables the recycling of one million litres of used cooking oil, 2,100 tonnes of food waste, 1,800 tonnes of cardboard, 43 tonnes of tin, 48 tonnes of plastic and 9,884 tonnes of glass. 

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (below)

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

In a move towards its goal of zero waste from landfill, the GMWDA applied for funding via the EU Life+ stream to deliver a two-year pilot project to increase recycling and waste prevention in low-performing urban areas. In 20 months, the team delivered 42 campaigns and exceeded all targets for participation and weight. They engaged with 64,000 residents in hard to reach communities, produced more than 180 targeted communication materials and developed relationships with 120 partner organisations.

O’Donovan Waste Disposal

O’Donovan has a 75-strong team of HGV drivers which operate the company’s vehicle fleet in London. Through their dedication to perform at the best of their abilities, and strong leadership by the company’s management team, drivers have improved O’Donovan’s overall performance in regards to safety, environmental credentials and service. This has been achieved through training and a commitment to personal performance improvement, as well as the company’s dedication to include all staff in its Greener Vision Strategy.  

Oxford City Council (below)

The recycling team strives to provide a world-class service to residents while developing new approaches to reduce the amount of waste sent for disposal and increase recycling.

Oxford City Council

Each team member project manages specific objectives of the annual service plan, with the guidance of best practice and encouragement of local partnerships. There has been a continuous increase in the amount of waste recycled, a reduction in the amount sent for disposal, fewer complaints and improved relations with residents, businesses, universities, colleges and other partners.


Amey has many waste and environmental service contracts and operates more than 200 waste collection crews. In St  Albans, the top team is Green Waste 2, which visits around 11,740 properties a week. It has an exemplary missed bins performance: just two bins in the final quarter of 2014 and none during the whole of December. There are also exceptionally low contamination levels of the green waste collected. This is down to the meticulous work of the Green Waste crews, who go beyond what is required by checking every bin for contamination.

Bath and North East Somerset Council

The waste campaigns team delivers all waste communications and campaigns for the council, and finds ways to deliver key messages to residents around the waste hierarchy through a variety of activities and initiatives. Its annual work with students goes far and beyond ‘business as usual’ as it strives for new ways to work with and engage with young people. Since coming together in 2009, the team has helped the council achieve a 53% recycling rate in 2013 compared with 43% in 2008. Each year the team contacts approximately 13,000 residents through door knocks, road shows and talks. 

Bulky Bob’s (below)

Bulky Bob’s

Bulky Bob’s is part of FRC Group, a charity and social enterprise. Bulky Bob’s team delivers the bulky household waste contract for Liverpool City Council, diverting 63% from landfill and reusing 13%. The company seeks out innovative ways to increase reuse and recycling rates, building relationships with partners to recycle white goods, deconstruct mattresses, and using suitable furniture in crisis packages for families in need or to sell cheaply in its shops. It holds events to give furniture away or sell it at low prices, with an emphasis on sharing the reuse and recycling message across Liverpool. It also seeks out third sector partners to take reusable items that are not suitable for traditional crisis donations. These include toys and furniture for children’s homes, baby equipment for domestic violence units and garden furniture for community gardens.

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