Recycle for Woking award winners revealed

18 July 2014

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Woking's Everyday Heroes were out in force last Friday (11 July 2014) as the Recycle for Woking Award winners were announced at a special ceremony held at the H.G. Wells Conference Centre.

As part of the year-long Everyday Heroes recycling campaign, the awards run by Woking Borough Council in partnership with the Woking Advertiser and Biffa, recognised, celebrated and rewarded the achievements and contribution of those helping to maximise the levels of recycling in the Borough.

The awards were split into five categories. From the fantastic nominations, judges whittled the nominees down to a selected shortlist before announcing the lucky winners and runners-up at the ceremony.

And the winners are…

Greenest Managing Agent
Winner - Greenoaks Housing Association
For actively improving their recycling facilities at all of their developments, taking it upon themselves to educate residents about recycling and distributing promotional material to inform residents of the various services provided by the Council.

Runner-up - Consort Property Management and GCS Property Management.

Green School of the Year
Winner - Goldsworth Primary

For recycling additional materials whilst raising money for charity with Teracycle, reusing items before recycling them, for instance using plastic bottles as miniature greenhouses) and for using larger organic garden items in the School's environmental area.

Runner-up - Freemantles and The Oaktree School.

Super Volunteer of the Year
Winner - Louise Clubley

For always giving up her time to help promote recycling in the local media and attend events during weekends. Louise was also a member of the Woking Recycling Champions groups before it merged with the new Surrey Green Network.

Runner-up - Colin Oates, John Washington, Abdul Hamid and June Weaver.

Recycling Hero of the Year
Winner - Simon Sadek

For encouraging friends, family and neighbours to recycle as much as possible, implementing `strict' recycling rules at home to ensure as much waste is recycled as possible and for demonstrating what can be recycled.

Runner-up - Candace Doy and Colin Leeder.

Collection Crew of the Year
Winner - Round 2 - Jason Durbridge, Peter Wells, Ian Smith
For their friendly and courteous manner whilst carrying out their duties as well as going above and beyond the service they provide.

Runner-up - Round 5 (Kevin Mumford, Peter Miller, Derek Jinman)

All the winners received a prestigious `golden wheelie bin', 50 shoppers vouchers and goody bags, while the runners-up received a commemorative certificate acknowledging their efforts.

Beryl Hunwicks, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: "Thank you to everyone who nominated their recycling superhero. We had some great entries for the categories, making shortlisting very difficult, let along picking a final winner.

"I would like to congratulate all the winners and runner-ups who have shown us that recycling your household waste doesn't have to be a chore. I hope this will spur on everyone across the Borough to keep recycling and become an Everyday Hero for Woking.

"We know there are many more heroes out there who may not have been nominated so we encourage everyone to make sure they continue the good work and, who knows, maybe next year you could be one of our winners!"

At the start of 2014, the Council launched its `Everyday Heroes' campaign to highlight the positive benefits that the simple everyday act of recycling can have. In addition to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future, the campaign explains that recycling is cheaper than disposal. In fact, last year recycling Woking's waste cost 2.1million less than landfilling it would have cost.

But whilst Woking is amongst the best local authority recyclers, analysis shows that over half of the 14,000 tonnes collected from black bins last year could have been recycled. Recycling this would have saved residents a further 500,000 in disposal costs. The campaign focuses on a different material each month and uses newsletters and comics to show how easy it is to recycle and what happens to the materials once collected.

To find out more about the Recycle for Woking Awards and the Everyday Heroes campaign, visit www.woking.gov.uk/everydayheroes or email waste@woking.gov.uk