MRW has organised and hosted the National Recycling Awards every year since they were established at the turn of the century. For those of us actively working to bring you the event each year, it is always heartening to hear from the winners – or those who are short-listed – of the significance of that achievement.
The NRAs are THE leading awards for the resource and waste management sector and – despite their name – embrace the full waste hierarchy and emphasise waste reduction and the reuse of materials just as much as recycling.
But ‘recycling’ is the word the wider public uses and being a NRA winner, or placed on the shortlist, carries significant credit in that wider community as well as our sector.
The NRAs follow a rigorous process with industry leaders initially going through every entry before short-listing those who then present their case in person before the judging panel.
This ‘live judging’ was an innovation last year and was well received by applicants and judges alike. Like all new things, we had one or two hiccups but it really brought alive the best practice that had been set out in print.
So why am I writing all this? Because it isn’t very long until the entry deadline, if you factor in the Christmas break, so I wouldn’t want you to miss out.
The actual deadline is 28 January but my colleagues assure me that those entries composed in a structured and measured way are far better entries – so don’t leave it until the last minute.
Don’t just take our word that planning pays benefits. In April, we asked Kate Cawley, the creative director at Veris Strategies, to set out her unique perspective both as a judge and an entrant. You can read what she had to say here.