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NRAs 2015 Best Partnership Project with the Public Sector: Finalists

Waste Regulations Route Map – Waste Network Chairs, London Waste and Recycling Board and WRAP

A working group was established to consider the effects of regulation 13 from the amended Waste Regulations 2011. The group comprised members of local authority waste networks, co-ordinated through WNC, LWARB and WRAP. The group identified the need for a response to support the regulation’s deployment, and developed a Route Map for local authorities to assist them navigate their legal obligations in an efficient way. The Route Map is currently hosted on WRAP’s website: wrap. org.uk/content/requirementswasteregulations.

Allerton Project, BASF and the Pesticides Forum (below)

Allerton Project

A partnership between an environmental research charity, a multi-national corporation and an industry stakeholder forum has solved a major waste recycling problem for European agriculture when the law governing agricultural waste was changed. Farmers were prevented from burning and burying their plastic waste. Allerton Recycling was established to offer a greener solution for disposal. The partnership also designed pesticide containers: the BASF Eco-Pack, which makes container recycling simpler, cost-effective, faster and safer.

East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Tree Collection – Ansa Environmental Services along with communities and partners (below)

This entry is a community fundraising operation involving the collection and recycling of natural Christmas trees in aid of a local hospice.

East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Tree Collection

It is a weekend event which last year inspired a first-time volunteer to write that she was “proud to be part of something so important and so brilliant”. Householders were offered a convenient and easy way to dispose of their trees by recycling, done in return for a donation to the hospice.

Made in Roath – City of Cardiff Council, Cynefin Cardiff, Green City Events and YMCA Cardiff

Waste minimisation and reuse was at the heart of the scheme. The community was able to swap unwanted but still usable objects such as clothes, books, toys, bikes, electronics, gardening equipment and small furnishings, as well as take part in upcycling workshops. The event encouraged individuals to make positive environmental choices resulting in 1,000 people visiting and reusing 1.3 tonnes of items in four hours.

Air Ambulance Service Trading and Amey (below)

Air Ambulance Service Trading and Amey

A partnership to recycle clothing, books, media and furniture at HWRCs across Northamptonshire is a fantastic example of the third sector and private sector working together on creative reuse and recycling and a passion for delivering the best for residents. All profits made by the Air Ambulance Service recycling schemes go towards their life-saving operations across the county.

REPC and Walsall Housing Group

REPC is a West Midlands-based social enterprise specialising in recycling IT equipment for reuse. It supports the third sector, along with providing education, training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged people. WHG owns around 19,000 properties and in 2014, the two collaborated to refurbish and install IT equipment and networks in a community centre in Rough Hay, a disadvantaged area of Walsall. REPC also provided free IT training for locals at the centre. The project will be rolled out across the town. 

MetalMatters industry partnership, project managed by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (below)

MetalMatters works with local authority partners to deliver cost-effective, tried and tested campaigns to promote metal packaging recycling to householders.

MetalMatters industry partnership

All campaigns run since 2012 have seen a positive impact on capture rates and return on investment within 12 months. MetalMatters works with councils and their waste collection partners to promote metal packaging recycling and improve capture rates at the kerbside. It is based around a proven integrated marketing communications campaign, elements of which are available as templates.

South Holland District Council and the Salvation Army

The partnership aimed to divert textile tonnage from disposal by providing an alternative kerbside collection. The project provided a significant income for the council and increased the amount of recycling collected at the kerbside. The trial was delivered through the distribution of three sack types in order to discover which had the best capture rate: Salvation Army branded, council branded and unbranded blue bag. Around 77% of the material collected was suitable for reuse and 17% was recycled.   

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