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Sector success in Queen's Awards

Five companies involved in recycling are among winners of Queen’s Awards for 2019.

Awards are given for outstanding achievement in innovation, international trade, sustainable development or promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Winners may for five years display the award emblem on their products and materials.

Recycling Lives has been successful for promoting opportunity through its social mobility programme. It has previously won Queen’s Awards for international trade and sustainable development.

The company recycles metals, IT equipment and vehicles nationally, and provides employment opportunities for ex-offenders, homeless people, substance abusers, those with mental health problems and low educational attainment, and it also redistributes food to support local charities.

Starting in 2008 with metal recycling, it has since set up 11 academies in prisons to offer work experience to marginalised people.

Roberts Recycling of Huyton, Merseyside, won for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales during the past three years.

It exports used clothing, and export sales increased by 200% between 2016-18 expanding beyond its original markets in western Europe to Poland, Georgia, Latvia, Romania and the Middle East.

Dumbarton-based Thompson Recycling and Landfill specialises in recycling aggregates and landfilled waste soils.

It won the award for innovation in its business model, which involves being paid to accept construction waste and extracting previously landfilled waste from its former quarry (pictured). These materials are then recycled to provide high-quality aggregates, sand and concrete for sale back to construction companies free of aggregate taxes.

Avon Specialty Metals processes and trades in high-performance metals and alloys, specialising in the recycling of complex nickel and cobalt alloy scrap from the aerospace, land-based power generation and oil and gas industries from around the world.

It gained the award for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales, with its overseas earnings having risen from £2.76m in 2016 to £10.2m in 2018. Its main export markets are North America, Europe and Asia.

Company Shop seeks to prevent food and household products going to waste. In 2018, the company redistributed 23,607 tonnes of still-edible food by purchasing surplus products from retailers, which are then redistributed through a national network of shops and ‘click and collect’ services. Its award was for a significant contribution to sustainable development.


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