The authority’s Grey to Green food waste recycling scheme competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and county representatives were presented with a trophy and certificate at a presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on November 11.
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.
The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environmental group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.
The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
Councillor Jeff Clarke, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership said: “We are thrilled and delighted to receive international recognition for Grey to Green which has already seen a 71% increase in food waste capture rates, plus annual CO2 equivalent savings of around 3,000 tonnes. Encouraging residents to put their food waste in their green wheeled bin instead of their dustbin is also generating huge savings in disposal costs – with the potential to save another £1 million a year.”
Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “This is a big thank you to the Warwickshire waste collection authorities and the waste disposal authority plus the county’s residents – it really does pay to recycle. We are also delighted to see the same project through to the finals of the LGC Awards 2017 and the Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards 2016.”
Warwickshire’s latest food waste recycling promotion is ‘I’m In to Win’ which offers residents the chance to win monthly prizes by registering at www.feedyourcaddy.co.uk