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NRAs reflect evolving waste sector

It seems barely credible that there are only two months to go to the National Recycling Awards 2013. Whatever else is going on in the UK economy, it is clear from the increased number of entries for this year’s event that the waste and resource sector is in relatively rude health.

The shortlist was published last month. Since then, our panel of judges has been assessing the merits of those who were shortlisted so that the winners can be unveiled on the evening of 3 July.

Associate editor Andrea Lockerbie and I have been privileged to sit in on some of the discussions. It was enlightening to witness the range of innovative and business-driven submissions from would-be winners. The categories reflect the wide range of our industry, and it says much of the judges that they have the insight to cover the breadth and depth of the entries: many thanks to them all. The NRAs, like the entire resource management sector, is an evolving event and each year we reflect on the categories and their relevance, as well as considering new ones.

But rest assured it will be a great night out. Make sure you secure a seat at the action at or call 020 3033 2657.


Labour’s shadow waste minister Gavin Shuker is developing his party’s policy on the sector, and news editor Christine Ottery has had access to his latest thinking in an exclusive Big Interview.

Most interesting for me is the ‘will they, wont they’ ban on specific materials from landfill. There is a growing belief that it would be better to ban specific products - and that debate will gain increasing momentum as we approach the next election.

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