3 November 2017
CIWM Press Release

CIWM awards showcase the latest waste prevention and recycling success stories


From student to surgeons and coffee-drinking commuters to community groups, this year’s winners in the CIWM Sustainability & Resource Awards 2017 have engaged a wide range of audiences to encourage recycling and reuse. The awards, presented today at a lunch event hosted by stand-up comedian, TV personality and comedy writer Jo Caulfield, showcase the very best in sustainable practices, technology innovation, behaviour change and professional achievement.

Healthcare featured large this year, with the Southwest Clinical Centre in Brasilia, containing medical and dental clinics, winning the award for Best Resource Project by Facilities Management, sponsored by Hubbub. As part of a renovation project, which saw a new tensioned canvas roof structure installed, 7 tonnes of metal from the old roof were shipped for recycling and the cutouts from the canvas turned into reusable promotional bags for use by the companies in the building. Axion in partnership with the British Plastics Federation, meanwhile, scooped the London Energy-sponsored award for Best Recycling Project for the RecoMed take-back scheme that allows clinical teams to recycle single-use PVC medical devices such as oxygen mask tubing and IV fluid bags.

Celebrating community-based efforts, the Project Innovation award, sponsored by Vision Techniques, went to Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) Reuse Consortium. Consisting of 17 furniture reuse organisations, the consortium was established to deliver quality, affordable furniture to people in need via a pioneering procurement process developed with Scotland Excel. The Reuse Lot is part of Scotland Excel’s Domestic Furniture and Furnishings procurement framework and enables councils to purchase reused furniture. Manchester’s student community was the target audience for Greater Manchester’s ‘Give It, Don’t Bin It’ partnership, which won the Best Reuse & Waste Prevention Project award, and the ‘Pride in Pill’ volunteer community group took home the Community Champion award for their efforts to tackle litter and flytipping in the Pillgwenlly area of Newport Mon.

The Best Innovation in Vehicle, Plant & Equipment Award went to Vision Techniques this year for their DriveStop system, which ensures that only authorised personnel with an RFID tag can start a vehicle. A modification to the original VT Ident, the system was developed in response to recent events where vehicles have been taken and used as weapons.

Engineering and construction company VolkerFitzpatrick took the award for Most Sustainable Construction & Demolition Project, sponsored by Ascential Events, for the Ely Southern Bypass. Through a number of measures, the project avoided 133,200 road miles and 50,253 tonnes of CO2e and saved the client £273,600.

A hot topic at the moment, a disposable coffee cup recycling campaign scooped the Most Effective Communication Campaign award. The SquareMile Challenge is a campaign by Hubbub in partnership with the City of London Corporation and Simply Cups and by the end of July this year, 1.7 million cups had been recovered for recycling.

Surpassing best practice across the construction and energy sectors, London Energy were awarded GJF Fabrication’s Health & Safety Best Practice Award for their new safety culture. Initiatives included ‘START Safely’, a 12 month programme of facilitated workshops for staff on key issues.

Waste and recycling contractors had their moment of glory too, with WSR Recycling beating a crowded field to take the Catalyst Corporate Finance Waste and Resources Fast 50 Award, and O’Donovan Waste Disposal taking home the Roger Hewitt Learning & Development award, sponsored by WAMITAB, for their HGV safety training. The programme focused on health and safety measures related to vulnerable road users and safety equipment on the vehicles was also enhanced.

In a win for Wales, Dr Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy for the Welsh Government, received the Waste & Resources Leader of the Year award. Andy has been a driving force in developing and delivering the Towards Zero Waste strategy in Wales and is rightly proud of the progress in Wales on recycling and resource efficiency.

Celebrating learning in waste and resource management

A core part of CIWM’s role is to encourage and uphold professionalism and standards across the sector and this year’s awards also recognised learning, knowledge sharing and operational achievement.

The Roger Perry Award for Best Research Paper recognises research being carried out by CIWM Members at Master and PhD level and this year went to Purva Tavri for a paper entitled ‘What is Reuse?’. Nearing completion of her doctoral research from Kingston

University, she has gathered expertise in organisational and individual waste behaviour, pro-environmental behaviour change, and qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

The 2017 James Jackson Award for the best formal written paper was presented to Professor Ian William, Professor Simon Kemp and David Turner for their paper ‘Combined material flow analysis and life cycle assessment as a support tool for solid waste management decision making’.

Finally, not one but two facilities have won the coveted PEEL People’s Cup, which recognises team excellence in the operation of licensed or permitted waste facilities.

Public Power Solutions (PPS)’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility opened in 2014 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council. The Waste Solutions part of the business operates the HWRC on behalf of the council and manages the UK’s first SRF plant to use residual municipal waste as its primary feedstock, diverting 75-80% of waste from landfill. PPS takes the professional development, safety and welfare of the 60 employees in the Waste Solutions business very seriously, with plenty of opportunities for staff to feed back their views on improvements to the operation of the facility, and regular rewards for achievement.

The Suez owned and operated Rugby Solid Recovered Fuel Facility (Malpass Farm) opened in 2015 and has developed into an established facility that produces around 160,000 tonnes of SRF/year. The team are focused on manufacturing products to a strict specification with quality at its centre, using performance tools including Lean Six Sigma, a methodology that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and encouraging a lean manufacturing approach to eliminate defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilised talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and extra-processing (abbreviated as ‘DOWNTIME’). The site operates 364 days a year and has the capacity to process over 200,000 tonnes of waste per year.



For high resolution photographs of the award winners, please email pat.jennings@ciwm.co.uk

Notes to Editors:


1. CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) is the leading professional body for the resource and waste management sector representing around 6,000 individuals in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues. More information can be found at www.ciwm.co.uk

2. Now in their 11th year, CIWM’s Sustainability & Resource Awards recognise and reward best practice in the sustainable management of waste and resources and reduction of environmental impact, both within the resources and wastes industry and across a range of other commercial sectors including retail, construction and facilities management. More information can be found at www.ciwmawards.com

The judges for the 2017 awards were:


  • Professor Margaret Bates, Past CIWM President & University of Northampton
  • Graham Briscoe, British Institute of Facilities Management board member
  • Ian Butcher, CIWM Health & Safety Special Interest Group
  • Philip Charles, Principal Consultant – Business Sustainability, CIRIA
  • Sian Clayton, HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE
  • Phil Clifford, Fleet & Technical Manager, West Suffolk District Council
  • Linda Crichton, Head of Resource Management, WRAP
  • Samantha Harding, Litter Programme Director, CPRE
  • Chris James, Chief Executive Officer, WAMITAB
  • Pat Jennings, Head of Policy & Communications, CIWM
  • Terry March, Past President of CIWM & Terry March Associates
  • George Monck, Chief Executive, CleanupUK
  • Trevor Nicoll, Chair - CIWM Education, Training & Membership committee
  • Mohammed Osmani, Senior Lecturer in Architecture & Sustainable Construction
  • Robert Pearce, Head of Research, Catalyst Corporate Finance
  • Claire Poole, Education & Training Manager, CIWM
  • Jenny Robinson, Recycling and Collections Technical Adviser, WRAP
  • Professor David Wilson MBE, CIWM President
  • Mark Wilson, Partner, Catalyst Corporate Finance


Press contacts:

Pat Jennings

CIWM Communications Advisor

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