Warwickshire Recycling Project Wins Big Society Award

08-01-14(3)picWarwickshire Community Recycling, 2012 winner of the CIWM Community Champion of the Year Award, has won a Big Society Award, which recognises outstanding people and organisations whose innovative and dedicated work improves lives and strengthens communities. 

Warwickshire Community Recycling runs two recycling centres, in Stockton and Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action and the Heart of England Community Foundation set up the project in 2012.

It was the first voluntary sector partnership to take over a recycling centre from the County Council, saving it from closure.

The CIWM “Community Champion of the Year” accolade was handed out at the annual CIWM Awards for Environmental Excellence, which was hosted by BBC Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury in 2012. The project was then nominated for one of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Awards.

Proceeds from the social enterprise’s recycling centres and re-use shops contribute to the Heart of England Community’s foundation, which supports hundreds of grass-roots community groups with grants including community sports clubs and youth and community groups.

Prime Minister, David Cameron – “Warwickshire Community Recycling is a fantastic project that lets people turn their piles of discarded wrapping paper, Christmas card envelopes and present packaging into cash for local community projects. I’m delighted to be recognising the hard work of the team with this Big Society Award”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Warwickshire Community Recycling is a fantastic project that lets people turn their piles of discarded wrapping paper, Christmas card envelopes and present packaging into cash for local community projects.

“I’m delighted to be recognising the hard work of the team with this Big Society Award.”

Wayne Gibbons, manager from Warwickshire Community Recycling, said: “We have achieved recycling rates of 70 to 75 percent on our two sites and have sold over 200 tonnes of re-usable items.

“Our staff and volunteers have worked hard to emphasise the benefits of re-use and recycling, and are able to demonstrate the effectiveness of combining both waste strategies on a single site.

“It is great to be recognised with a Big Society Award as it helps us to underline the social, less tangible, benefits that can accrue from partnerships of this nature.”

Steve Lee, chief executive of CIWM, added: “CIWM warmly congratulates Warwickshire Community Recycling on this award. This initiative is an excellent example of the contribution that the voluntary sector can make in bringing both the environmental and social benefits of recycling and re-use right into the heart of our communities.”

For information on CIWM’s Awards For Environmental Excellence visit www.ciwmawards.com

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