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Top prize for waste exporter

A waste management company has been named Exporter of the Year, giving a massive boost to a sector still reeling from recent press allegations.

While the BBC’s Real Story called into question the practices of certain waste exporters, Choice Waste Management (CWM) has been presented with the prestigious award by the 48 Group Club, an organisation dedicated to promoting positive trade relations with China.

CWM spokesman Peter Marsh said: “Obviously we are very surprised and delighted to win this award. There was a lot of competition, as it was open to any company in any industry exporting to China. So to win it is a massive success, not just for us, but the waste management industry as a whole.

“It has boosted the profile of a practice that has been maligned in many ways. But without it, we won’t achieve the targets on waste set by the EU.”

The award was presented to CWM chief executive Raj Iqbal by Zha Peixin, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, at the Guildhall, London, with deputy prime minister John Prescott and lord mayor of London, David Brewer in attendance.

The company, which only formed in 1997, currently exports 30,000 tonnes of plastic and packaging waste a year, with the aim of increasing that figure by 10% each year.

Marsh added: “The award represents another huge landmark for us and is another sign we are moving in the right direction. The Institute of Civil Engineers held a conference on the new protocol for packaging regulations last month, and out of 300 attendees, we were the only exporter that was chosen to speak, so we are obviously doing something right.”

Awarding body, the 48 Group Club was formed in the 1950s and now has 300 members including many eminent individuals such as Lord Hesseltine. It has grown to be well known throughout China and the most respected name in Chinese-British trade.

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