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Making the best of the best

The National Recycling Awards (NRAs) are now behind. You can read elsewhere of the achievements of the winners and you will be able to read more about them in next week’s issue of MRW.

The feedback i had was that it was a very good event. Compared to the year before, we had more people in the room and, as reported earlier, entries were also up.

I hope everyone did have had a great time, even those who got close on the various short lists and handful of highly commended entries but were ultimately disappointed not to take an award.

For the winners it should mark the start of 12 months of basking in hard-earned glory. One 2012 winner, Recolight, told me their award was “fantastic recognition for the dedication and commitment of the great team we have. To be singled out in this way meant a great deal to us all”.

Tempering the mood a little has been a timely blog from Philip Ward, a good friend of MRW and NRA judge, about the value of awards. His remarks may have coincided with the NRAs but his major point is a general one: “the glittering occasion squeezes out any information about why the winners have been chosen”.

He has a point. This is the first time I have had the privilege of witnessing a full cycle of an event from choosing categories, inviting entries, assembling a panel of judges, coming up with the winners and organising the finale.

I was struck by the strength of the best practice presented by the entrants which, although sometimes confidential, does not always get the publicity it deserves. It is a major objective of my first full year as editor to bring more of that excellence to your attention as we build up to the 2014 NRAs.

As always - many thanks to our sponsors for making sure the NRAs remain the best in the business.

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