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In recognition of excellence

The National Recycling Awards 2014 are off – and you have the next 12 weeks or so to make sure the great things you are doing in the waste sector get the credit they deserve.

The NRAs, launched at the end of the last millennium, are now firmly established as a highlight of the industry calendar and it was a real honour to preside over them in July in my first months as editor.

Since then, we’ve taken a close look at the categories and, to reflect changes in the industry, introduced four new awards. For example, there is now a Public Service Recycler award, noting the growing interest from public bodies other than local authorities to be more resourceful in their use of secondary materials.

Similar logic is behind the launch of categories covering Retail/Service and Healthcare. So there’s even more reason to try to be part of the action at the awards evening in the London Hilton on Park Lane in July. NRA entries always produce a rich array of smart businesses and activities and we’ve published a detailed look at the 2013 winners in a special best practice section on the website: MRW.co.uk/NRA2013.

The changing sector is clearly a theme being embraced by our major waste management companies. For example, Biffa announced its new R3MC sustainability consultancy at RWM.

This month, D S Smith rebranded and reorganised itself to focus on ‘supply circles’ and Veolia Environnement’s UK vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff has spoken exclusively to MRW about shifting towards the manufacture of green energy and products “instead of just being the ones that help you to get rid of your waste”.

Its innovative drive has also taken it to imagine the domestic waste arrangements of a typical house of the future (MRWco.uk/Imagine2050). Let’s hope we’re all there to see it!

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