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NRAs 2019: The judging process

Each year entries for MRW’s National Recycling Awards are submitted from the many industry sectors right across the UK.

For each category, the information on the NRA website states what the award is about and what the judges are looking for. The aim of the awards is to shine a light on those who are pioneers and to disseminate best practice.

Applicants must convince the judges why they should win an award by showing evidence of their success within each of four criteria. Every entry submitted is read and screened by MRW’s editorial team, and then a shortlist of the best for each category is compiled.

The team of judges, drawn from different parts of the waste and recycling industry, is split into groups, with each group assigned a number of categories to judge. The judges read each application in its group and score them accordingly. A group deliberation then takes place and the judges decide on who should be the winner.

This year, the Campaign of the Year – under and over £10k categories were judged live on the day of the awards in London. The shortlisted applicants were invited to present their entry to a panel of judges and answer any questions. The judges then deliberated and decided on the winner.

  • We are always interested in your opinions on the process and categories for future NRAs. Email with the subject ‘NRA comments’. A presentation during the live judging process

Thank you to our judges this year

Susanne Baker, head of programme, environment and compliance, techUK

Margaret Bates, professor of sustainable wastes management, University of Northampton

Jane Beasley, director, Beasley Associates

Nick Cliffe, head of advanced materials, Innovate UK

Stuart Hayward-Higham, technical development director, Suez Recycling & Recovery UK

Vicki Hughes, group business development director, Enva Wood Recycling

Lee Marshall, chief executi ve, Larac

Sarah Mellor, head of sustainable consumpti on and producti on, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

Jacqui O’Donovan, managing director, O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Keith Riley, principal, Vismundi

Claire Shrewsbury, head of government and communiti es, WRAP

John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Peter Sykes, associate dean (enterprise) and principal lecturer, Cardiff Met University

Carole Taylor, chair and northwest representati ve, Larac

John Twitchen, director, env23

Paul Vanston, chief executi ve, Incpen

Phillip Ward, director, OPRL

Alan Wheeler, director, Texti le Recycling Associati on

And to the NRA sponsors

nra sponsers

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