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T J International scoop overall prize

TJ International was the overall winner at a recent award ceremony that brought together organisations responsible for recycling 70% of the 2,500,000 tonnes of waste they generate each year.

At the third annual Severnside Waste Awards, the book manufacturer was short-listed in seven categories, with judges keen to sing the company’s praises.

In the Best Overall Sustainable Waste Management Solution category, it was noted: “In a normally hotly-contested category, TJ International is exceptional. The company can demonstrate zero landfill and could act as a case study for the benefits of environmental change management.”

The event was split into two sections, with day awards recognising smaller companies and personal commitment to recycling, while the evening honoured the more familiar corporate organisations.

Severnside Waste marketing planner Tim Price said: “It never ceases to amaze me how much it means to the companies to be rewarded for their endeavours. Its good to see the larger corporations recognised alongside the smaller community groups who don’t get all the big headlines.”

Legendary Welsh folk singer/comedian Max Boyce kicked off the event at the Cardiff International Arena, with organisations such as Hampshire Cosmetics, the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council and the Brecon Recycling Centre honoured.

The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport took the prize for Best Commitment to Change in Business Practice.

The home of the 2010 Ryder Cup was praised for adopting environmental performance as a key metric for the organisation. Its recycling figures have risen by 50% year on year by utilising a local composting company.

Price added: “The night was a huge success and it’s very heartening to see how happy it makes people to win awards for completing environmental objectives.”

Among the individual honours, Phil Simmons, a stores manager at the DVLA was recognised for his drive to maintain highest quality recycling and sustainable options. His work has spanned 25 years and covers some 6,000 staff.

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