Resource management excellence reaps rewards at 2015 CIWM awards ceremony

Source: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)

St Peters Gardens, UK – The winners of CIWM’s 2015 Sustainability and Resource Awards, along with the Clean Britain Award winners for 2015, have been revealed. From textile recycling to sustainable demolition techniques, CIWM’s Sustainability & Resource Awards 2015 yesterday showcased the very best in innovation, collaborative working, and communication. Among the winners are leading industry names such as Hills Waste Solutions, DS Smith, Viridor, Agrivert Group and Julian Glasspole of Vehicle Weighing Solutions.

A wide range of companies, as well as councils and individuals, scooped prizes at the awards, which recognise and reward successful initiatives designed to reduce environmental impact and improve resource efficiency. The winners were announced at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square at a ceremony hosted by Nick Hewer, presenter of Countdown and Alan Sugar’s right-hand man on The Apprentice.

The 2015 winners are:

Best Local Authority use of the Waste Hierarchy Award: Caerphilly County Council for its proactive work in promoting re-use and recycling.

Waste and Resource Learning & Development Award: Viridor’s Ardley Energy Recovery Facility Visitor Centre for information programmes and activities tailored to a wide range of visitors, from school groups to international government officials.

M&W Group Energy Recovery Award: GENeco for its ground-breaking gas to grid anaerobic digestion facility

AMCS Group Best Resources Project in Facilities Management Award: Trinity Leeds (Land Securities) in partnership with Cawleys for its Make Your Mark recycling and waste reduction campaign at the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre.

Project Innovation Award: Dixons Carphone and DHL Envirosolutions for collaborative working to significantly increase waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling and reuse.

M6 Vehicle Hire Best Innovation in Vehicle, Equipment, Plant & Facilities Award: Vision Techniques for its cyclist safety systems, which have recently been enhanced even further with video analytics to improve blind spot detection.

Achieving Zero Waste Award: DS Smith, for applying the principles of zero waste in a top down process that engages all of its staff and supply chain partners.

Best Recycling Project Award: University of Birmingham Junkbusters scheme, which has been rolled out nationally in partnership with the British Heart Foundation to over 60 universities.

Sustainable Construction & Demolition Project Award: R Collard Ltd for innovative practices during the demolition of the Thales facility in Gatwick which allowed the project to achieve a 99% waste recovery and reuse rate.

Health & Safety Best Practice Award: Hills Waste Solutions Ltd for a robust and ongoing health and safety campaign that has delivered significant results, including a 40% drop in its RIDDOR reportable accident rate.

Effective Marketing & Communications Campaign Award: Surrey Waste Partnership for its county-wide campaign ‚From Torn to Reborn‘ to encourage clothes and textiles recycling.

Industry Leader of the Year: Julian Glasspole, Chairman of the AW family of companies and Managing Director of Vehicle Weighing Solutions, for his business flair, strong work ethic and commitment to the industry.

Catalyst Corporate Finance Fast 50 Award: Agrivert Group for the highest two-year compound annual growth rate.

Celebrating learning in waste and resource management
CIWM also used the ceremony to recognise professional learning and dissemination, with a number of bursaries, research grants and awards.

The importance of good data was this year’s favourite for the James Jackson Award, which was presented to Professor David Wilson MBE and nine other co-authors. Their paper, entitled ‚Wasteaware benchmark indicators for integrated sustainable waste management in cities‘, looked at the data challenges around performance measurement and comparison.

The Roger Perry Award for Best Research Paper went to Edward Cook for his Masters‘ thesis on ‚Optimising the non-biological outputs of Mechanical Biological Treatment facilities‘.

The James Sumner Award, comprising a bursary of £1000 for travel to an international conference, went to Managesh Gharfalkar, a PhD scholar at Teeside University, who attended the Sardinia Symposium 2015 and presented a paper entitled ‚Resource effectiveness tool: a decision making tool for reducing waste and resource consumption‘.

The Waste Regulation Award 2015 winners, for their paper entitled ‚Environmental (waste) compliance control systems for UK SMEs‘, were Professor Ian Williams and Simon Kemp of Southampton University and independent consultant Dr Chris Wilson.

„Knowledge, competence and professionalism are critical to maintain progress on waste and resource management, both here in the UK and across the world,“ said CIWM chief executive Steve Lee. „As well as setting an example to other professionals in the sector, these winners have made a significant contribution to improving understanding and developing solutions to a range of waste and resource management challenges.“

More details of the award winners will be available at

Source: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)