The partnership’s flats team won the Team of the Year prize awarded by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) at its 2018 celebration awards.
Working across the county, the team identifies blocks of flats that have particular difficulties with recycling and devises novel approaches to help solve them. These have included upgrading bins, improving bin store areas and communicating with residents in a variety of targeted ways.
Results have seen the introduction of food, textiles and small electricals recycling at many blocks, which has contributed to residents recycling more of their waste. There has also been a significant reduction in contamination of recycling bins at flats.
Its success has guaranteed further investment into improving recycling at flats in Surrey that could increase the county’s overall recycling rate by more than two per cent. The team has also been made a permanent feature of the partnership, which brings together Surrey County Council and the county’s 11 district and borough councils to manage Surrey’s waste.
The awarding body, LARAC, is the prominent voice for local authorities on recycling, waste and resource management with its conference and celebration awards the leading event in the industry calendar. The judges said they recognised SWP’s flats team for their hard work, perseverance and ingenuity.
Surrey is currently joint top of DEFRA’s recycling league table of the 32 two-tier authorities in England with 57.7 per cent of household waste recycled.
SWP chairman Beryl Hunwicks said: “The partnership’s flats team is leading the way with its flats recycling work. The team has come up with some fantastic ideas and worked incredibly hard to implement them, resulting in improvements across the county.
“That’s why we’ve made the team permanent and have guaranteed further funding to continue their work. We’re delighted to receive such an honour from one of the most important voices in the waste and recycling industry.”