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Recycling sector honoured by Queen

Waste management companies and businesses that have developed innovative recycling projects have been recognised by the Queen’s Awards 2014.

The winners were unveiled by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, including recycling innovators Chinook Sciences and support service company Willmott Dixon.

Both companies have also both been shortlisted for the National Recycling Awards 2014.

Willmott Dixon group chief executive Rick Willmott, said: “We’re very proud to achieve such an honour.  We have invested considerable time and money over many years to ensure sustainable development is part of our culture and values, and you can see this in the output of what we build. 

“We do it because it is in the best interest of our business, the environment and people in the communities where we work.”

Dr Rifat Chalabi, Chinook Sciences group chairman and chief executive, said: “Chinook Sciences is extremely proud to receive the Queen’s Award in recognition of our success in developing and deploying our ground-breaking innovations which are now being used in numerous plants globally.”

Veolia was also recognised for its efforts in sustainable development.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia Environnement executive vice-president UK & Ireland, said: “It is an honour to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for the work we have done over the last five years transforming the business.

“This award highlights the work all 14,000 members of staff have undertaken to continue to drive the business forward - for us sustainability is not part of our business, it is our business.”

Some of the companies recognised by the Queen’s Awards 2014:


Award for Sustainable Development

The award was received for setting the sustainability benchmark and its new business strategy which focuses on manufacturing green energy and calories and places it at the centre of the circular economy. 

Catalytic Technologies Ltd

Award for Innovation

A polyester catalyst business. They have developed improved titanium catalysts for PET plastic. Their technology is being used around the globe by PET manufacturers and processors to eliminate the use of heavy metal catalysts.

Benefits of their technology include: a significant net reduction in the energy required to produce plastic packaging and lighter bottles without compromising bottle strength.

Chinook Sciences

Award for Innovation

The company received the award as a result of the continuing technical and commercial successes of RODECS – technology to recover recyclable metal and generating renewable energy from waste.

Which recovers valuable materials, including all the discarded waste metals, and generates significantly more than one megawatt of clean, green energy from a typical tonne of residual household or commercial waste.

The company has also been shortlisted for the National Recycling Awards 2014 under the ‘Best Energy From Waste Initiative’ category.


Award for International Trade

South Wales-based SME that specialises in ‘cradle to cradle’ products, using naturally biodegradable or fully recyclable materials.

Orangebox was heralded by the All Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group in a report on remanufacturing published in March.

Roy Hatfield

Award for Innovation

The company specialises in identifying waste streams and supplying recycled waste as alternative raw materials into many industries.

It currently process around 1,000 tonnes of waste plasterboard per week and has processed over 300,000 tonnes of waste gypsum to date.

The judges said: “As well as being able to demonstrate complete recovery for all Gypsum based waste received, Roy Hatfield Ltd has shown substantial savings in disposal costs from the only alternative viable route - Monocell Landfill. The relatively low value finished product, in comparison to its virgin alternative, was also taken into consideration by the panel at the Queens Award office.”

Nottingham Energy Partnership

Award for Sustainable Development

An East Midland’s leading carbon reduction charity which works on energy efficiency projects, including a biomass resource and supply chain assessment for the city of Nottingham.

Recycling Lives

Award for Sustainable Development.

Recycling Lives is both a recycling company (specialising in scrap metals, WEEE, plastics, household and commercial waste) and a social welfare charity which offers accommodation, education, and work experience to homeless people and unemployed individuals.

Wilmott Dixon Ltd

Award for Sustainable Development

Also shortlisted in the National Recycling Awards 2014 for its efforts in waste prevention. The company reduced the percentage of waste sent to landfill from 40% in 2007 to 5% in 2012.

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