Three local authorities that boosted both the amount and quality of recovered paper they supplied to Aylesford Newsprint's mill have won the company's Supplier Quality Awards.
East Hertfordshire District Council scooped the £500 first prize in the twice yearly awards for its kerbside paper collection scheme, which last year diverted 4,591 tonnes of used newspapers and magazines away from landfill to Aylesford's mill.
She added: "East Herts opened their own depot in June 2004 and they put a great deal of time and effort into checking and sorting their material."
East Hertfordshire assistant waste services manager Sara Mellor said: "We are very proud to have won this award. Everyone, right from the householder through to the collection teams and depot staff, has had a huge part to play in achieving a consistently high quality of recovered paper."
Mellor said that educating both the public and staff on what material was acceptable was key to supplying high quality recovered paper.
She added: "We know that to get good prices, we have to supply good quality paper. We treat recycled materials as a commodity and the quality reflects this."
Second-place Braintree District Council donated its £250 prize money to Essex Air Ambulance.
Aylesford described both Braintree and third place West Devon Borough Council as consistent suppliers of good quality recovered paper.