2021 Finalists and Winners 

The list of finalists and winners for the 2021 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management have been revealed, and last year included businesses, individuals, local authorities and community groups.

The winners were announced at the luncheon on  Wednesday 21st July  at the Landmark Hotel in London, and recognise  innovation, dedication and success in the recycling and waste industry, local authorities and the wider sector.

This year, there were 15 categories in total, with the addition of the Machinery and Equipment Innovation of the Year for 2021.

2021's expert judging panel was:


Jacob Hayler, Environmental Services Association; Carole Taylor, LARAC; Julia Turner, Wood Recyclers Association; Simon Ellin, Recycling Association;  Antonia Grey, BMRA; Matt Manning, Dixons Carphone;  Lisa Templeton, Viridor; Jarno Stet, National Association of Waste Disposal Officers (NAWDO); John Woodruff, Ricardo Energy & Environment; and, Steve Eminton, editor of letsrecycle.com.


Praising the quality of entries in 2021 despite the difficulties faced by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Eminton said:  “As ever, we have been extremely impressed with the entries this year but even more so on the back of such a difficult period for us all.  The judges and I were so pleased to see the resilience of the industry reflected in the entries, and I look forward to seeing many of you face to face (with a mask!) for the first time in a very long time.”

The full shortlist can be seen below.

Finalists shortlist


2021 Winners

Waste management initiative in the retail, commercial and public sector

Sponsored by Reconomy

Avison Young, Piccadilly Place – Piccadilly Place Goes Green!

*2021 WINNERS* Bywaters – A sustainable approach to supporting the healthcare sector during the pandemic

Garden Organic – Promoting home composting online through the pandemic

IPL/MGB Plastics Ltd – Part of the solution, not the problem.

Circular Economy Success 
Sponsored by European Recycling Platform

Collard Group – Recycling the Past for the Future – our unique Ready Mix Concrete

*2021 WINNERS* Sadlers Carton Stockholders Ltd – Diverting Waste Cardboard Boxes to Reuse in Large Volumes

Slicker Recycling – Waste Oil to Base Oil – Slicker’s Contribution to the Circular Economy

Zotefoams Plc –  ReZorce® Circular Packaging – 100% recyclable mono-material barrier packaging

Best use of design and technology in a waste management facility

Sponsored by Environmental Services Association

H. Brown & Son (Recycling) Ltd –  Equipment Innovation

Community Wood Recycling – Community Wood Recycling Electronic Waste Transfer Note

*2021 WINNERS* Veolia – Compost Oversize Cleaning

Machinery & Equipment Innovation of the Year

Future Industrial Services Ltd

*2021 WINNERS* Meltog Ltd – Innovative Powder Recovery Shredding System

Veolia and Westminster City Council – Veolia Westminster e-tricycle

Vision Techniques – VT STOPSAFE

Metals recycling business of the year

Avon Metals

*2021 WINNERS* John Lawrie Metals Ltd

Plastics recycling business of the year 

Sponsored by CCIC Inspection

Aylesbury Granulation

*2021 WINNERS* Bright Green Plastics

Cromwell Polythene Ltd

Paper recycling business of the year 

Sponsored by Winfibre

Ekman Recycling Limited


*2021 WINNERS* Shredall SDS Group


Wood recycling business of the year

Sponsored by Fireward

Scott Pallets

Timberpak Ltd

*2021 WINNERS* Westminster Waste Limited

Organics recycling business of the year

Sponsored by CRJ Services

GAP Organics

Paper Round and Vegware

*2021 WINNERS* Severn Trent Green Power

Recycling business of the year

Sponsored by Kiverco

This award recognises the top winner among the entries for the Metals, Plastic, Paper, Wood and Organics Category entries

*2021 WINNERS* Severn Trent Green Power

Waste transfer and skip hire business of the year

Sponsored by Turmec

EIS Waste Services Ltd

*2021 WINNERS* Powerday PLC

Weybridge Group

Collection crew of the year

Sponsored by Beauparc

Ansa Environmental Services

*2021 WINNERS* City of Wakefield Council

North Northamptonshire Council and FCC Environment

Civic amenity site of the year

Sponsored by REPIC

Buckinghamshire Council and FCC Environment

*2021 WINNERS* Newport City Council

West London Waste Authority – Abbey Road Household Reuse & Recycling Centre

Health & Safety Initiative of the Year 

Sponsored by Sitezone Safety

London Borough of Hillingdon – Protecting waste service staff during covid

Westminster City Council and Veolia – Re-opening the West End

*2021 WINNERS* Zero Waste Scotland – Zero Waste Scotland COVID Site Adaptation Fund

The best local authority recycling initiative

Sponsored by Enva

*2021 WINNERS* Buckinghamshire Council – Bucks Zero Waste Map

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council – #SortItOutTameside paper and card contamination campaign

Northwest Leicestershire District Council – Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative – Recycle more…

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