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Waste sector celebrated at National Recycling Awards 2013

Former Veolia executive Keith Riley was honoured at the National Recycling Awards 2013 as the achievements of the 15 category winners were celebrated.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by MRW editor Robin Latchem who praised Riley for pioneering partnership working and creating an integrated network of MRFs, household waste recycling centres, composting and energy recovery that was a model for others to follow.

Riley, above left, who has retired from Veolia but is involved in a number of ventures and charitable work in the waste sector, said he was honoured that his work had been recognised, especially in terms of energy recovery.

“It is very special to me, because over the last 20 years I have had the privilege to be at the heart of this dynamic and developing industry, and to witness it growing from a vision in peoples’ minds to what it is today – and you only need to look around this room to see what that is.

“Recycling has grown into a substantial industry but is now maturing once again. We now have the circular economy to look forward to, and I believe that this concept has bags of potential and very much hope to assist in its development”.

Latchem told the 600-plus audience at the original Hilton hotel on London’s Park Lane that entries for the 2013 event has beaten those for the previous year. 

He described challenges ahead for the waste sector: “Those involved in exports have been coming to terms with China’s Green Fence regime, maintaining the age-old but crucial debate about quality standards.

“In the longer term, how do we maintain a balance between the traditional needs of public health and environmental protection and the growing challenge of extracting higher value and financing increasingly high-tech developments when there is less money around to pay for it? This is a key issue but you are best-placed to meet it”. 

Watch the vido to see what winning means:


  • Comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan presented the awards. 
  • Materials Recycler of the Year - Small: Armstrong Ceilings
  • Materials Recycler of the Year - Large: ECO Plastics                                                              
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycler of the Year (sponsored  by Repic): SCC
  • Local Authority Innovation Award Year: Oxfordshire County Council. Highly Commended: Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Local Authority Team of the Year Croydon Council
  • Construction Recycler of the Year (sponsored by Hadfield Wood Recyclers): Kier
  • Retail Recycler of the Year: Elan. Highly Commended: Crest Co-operative
  • Business Recycler of the Year (sponsored by Refood): Metropolitan Police Service. Highly Commended: Coca-Cola Enterprises          
  • Best Energy from Waste Initiative: Carbonarius
  • Best Partnership Project for Recycling: Warwickshire County Council.
  • Efficiency Initiative of the Year: Premier Foods and Biffa IWM
  • Best Recycled Product (sponsored by Recolight): Carbon8 Aggregates
  • Recycling and Waste Management Business of the Year - SME: Biogen 
  • Recycling and Waste Management Business of the Year - Large: DS Smith Recycling
  • Waste Minimisation Award (sponsored by CDEnviro): Nampak Plastics. Highly Commended: University of Bradford

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