Each year, the National Recycling Awards mark the culmination of many months of effort from a wide range of people across our industry and outside it. It is huge honour to be centre stage as editor, however daunting.
My colleagues who help bring us the NRAs are justly proud of this leading event in the ‘recycling’ calendar.
The special winners section we prepare within the magazine shows off very best practice across a range of activities from the scores of businesses and organisations which entered for the event earlier this year.
For me, the element that sets the awards apart is the ‘live’ judging in which those on the shortlist make their pitches in person to the panel of judges. We invite previous winners to be on these panels so I often hear unique insight into both sides of these conversations.
Judges find that the ‘Q&A’ following the presentation often draws out elements that could well have been overlooked if they relied solely on written submissions. Finalists also find the attention to detail and rigour shown by the judges extremely helpful.
NRA judges volunteer for their role, often taking time off from their ‘day jobs’, so we owe them a big debt and we are pleased so many are able to take up the offer of attending the awards evening.
Several offered unsolicited comments that the quality of the entries was high this year. One pointed out the number of smart ideas and lateral thinking exhibited by smaller, third sector entries.
For the first time for several years the special MRW issue was available on the night with reports on what each winner has done and what impressed the judges.
In our next issue, we will present what we’re calling the ‘best of the rest’. The judges have identified finalists that didn’t quite win an award but were examples that were worth special mention. There were plenty.
We will also celebrate the entries in a dedicated feature in a special version of MRW handed out to visitors at RWM.