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Recycle Devon Thank You Awards 2019

The 6th Recycle Devon Thank You awards ceremony was held on 22nd March 2019 and brought together heroes from all across Devon. The shortlisted candidates from each category received an upcycled award (kindly sponsored by URM) and a cream tea (kindly sponsored by RH Advertising.)

People's Choice Hero

The public were asked to vote for overall recycling hero from the nominees. This year's champion has been chosen and it goes to a West Devon Collection Crew....

West Devon Borough Council’s Recycle Round 4

Recycle Round 4 work in the West Devon area and as a waste collection crew. This crew consists of 3 very environmentally keen recycling operatives who cover the North rural areas of West Devon, as well as a large part of Okehampton.  The crew, Darren, Nick and Andrew collect and sort the Recycling from neighbouring communities.  They are well known for their hard work and going above and beyond day in day out rain, wind, shine and even snow! This crew will turn up with a smile and being as helpful and courteous as possible. A 1st class service! They will quite often do a quick litter pick in an area that has been littered and recycle what they can keeping our country lanes, Devon villages and even parts of Dartmoor litter free and kept beautifully presented as we all like to see.

The winners an aluminium trophy which was kindly sponsored by Alupro.

School/Educational Establishment Recycling Hero

 

Runner up – Eco Ambassadors, South Devon University Technical College

The Eco Ambassadors from South Devon University Technical College are a group of students who have made it their mission to improve the college environment in an attempt to influence positive behaviours to reduce waste and to better use the landscape of the college to encourage wildlife.  They have created collection points for crisp packets which will be returned to Walkers for recycling into plastic items such as benches and watering cans.  They are also undertaking research into how much single use plastic the College uses and finding out ways for this to be reduced.  Some of the other things they have done so far include a fact finding trip to the recycling plant in Exeter and they have dug out a pond in the garden area to encourage wildlife.  These students are using their knowledge gained through their Science lessons to improve the amount of rubbish that is recycled by the college and are Ambassadors for the future.   The technicians are Ms Helen Plumb and Ms Katie Schneider and the students are Luke Dawson, Fin Hayes, Jake Cox, Abbi Bridgewood, Abbi Conley, Toby Coniam, Morgan Lynch, Ollie Worthington and Steph Harris.

Winner – Angela Redmond, Wynstream Primary School

Angela works tirelessly to reduce waste and recycle materials at Wynstream Primary School in Exeter and to inspire young people to care for the environment. She gives her own time outside of school hours and is always on the look out for reclaimed and repurposed resources for use in school. An example is the new butterfly garden she created with pupils using reused and donated materials.

 

 

Collection Crew/Operative (Recycling, Garden, Food or Refuse Collector(s))

Runner up – Martin Daniels, Teignbridge District Council

Martin is a recycling collection operative for Teignbridge District Council and goes above and beyond when on his collection rounds. No job is too big and he’s always around to help others.

Runner up – West Devon Borough Council’s Recycle Round 4

Recycle Round 4 work in the West Devon area and as a waste collection crew. This crew consists of 3 very environmentally keen recycling operatives who cover the North rural areas of West Devon, as well as a large part of Okehampton.  The crew, Darren, Nick and Andrew collect and sort the Recycling from neighbouring communities.  They are well known for their hard work and going above and beyond day in day out rain, wind, shine and even snow! This crew will turn up with a smile and being as helpful and courteous as possible. A 1st class service! They will quite often do a quick litter pick in an area that has been littered and recycle what they can keeping our country lanes, Devon villages and even parts of Dartmoor litter free and kept beautifully presented as we all like to see.

Category Winner – Graham, Craig, Nigel and George, Tor 2 Collection crew

These crews collect from flats – large and small, from high end executive apartments to social housing association properties, treating everyone with the same professionalism. They go over and above in their working days to ensure that these properties are serviced efficiently and with a smile. They constantly report back to the office with information on damaged containers, contamination and ideas for tweaking the collections to make them more efficient. They take a genuine pride in their work and conscientiously replace containers from where they collect them. This is not an easy task sometimes and often goes unnoticed.

They interact with residents in a kind and helpful manner and promote the importance of recycling. They are happy to give out information leaflets, bin stickers and offer advice to people who are struggling to understand what can and cannot be recycled. In all, they are fantastic ambassadors for recycling in Torbay and show a real dedication to their job and Tor2/Torbay Council.

Your Recycling Hero Child

 

Runner up – Miles Parker

Myles is a very keen and eager recycler, especially when it comes to making eco bricks out of plastic recycling!  He cares deeply about our planet and wants to make a difference. He has changed his families’ habits and lowered their plastic consumption significantly.

 

 

 

Winner – Imogen and Neve

Imogen and Neve work hard to improve the appearance of their local lanes, which are blighted with litter. Under their dad’s supervision they routinely clean up rubbish, armed with a litter picker and a bag. They hate to see litter and say it damages the environment and harms the animals.

 

Your Recycling Hero (Friend, Family Member, Neighbour or Local Recycling Champion)

Runner up – Stuart Halliwell

Stuart was nominated by his daughter who says, “Our dad constantly moans at us for not putting our rubbish in the right bin. He is so obsessed with recycling that we’ve had to delve deep into the black bin to find the plastic that should be in the green bag! Yuk! He deserves a thank you for teaching us how to look after the limited resources we have left. He loves Cranbrook’s recycling strategies and supports the council all the way !!!”

Runner up – Ben Bryant

Ben has the community at heart and is incredibly passionate about recycling. He is a key member of the Totnes plastic-free group and has helped to organise all sorts of community recycling endeavours including screenings of the plastic-free film and litter picks. He is incredibly passionate and just by speaking to him, his knowledge and deep interest in recycling helps to spread the word of what each person can do to help make a change. He truly embodies community spirit.

Runner up – Amanda Salter

Amanda recycles anything and everything and is a huge fan of upcycling and green policies! On black bin days you'll be lucky if there is one black bag out for collection. She is also involved in collecting the plastic recycling that isn’t collected as part of the household recycling collection. Her neighbours think she’s a real hero and very deserving.

Runner up - Val Kingston

Val is 82 and takes care and time to ensure she recycles everything the way in which it is best for the recycling operatives to collect.  She has been like this since her own grandson worked in recycling and she wanted to make it as easy as possible for recycling crews to do their job.

Runner up – Gill Gale

Gill is part of the Celebration of Soil, a soil and composting group, which is part of the umbrella Tiverton Area Communities Transition group. In 2017, following a CAG Devon Compost Dr training session, Gill, along with a two-other compost and garden enthusiasts set about to share their passion the world underfoot and the importance of compost. The Celebration of Soil year has included compost training days, visits to farmers who are actively caring for the soil using compost, film showings, developing and sharing a soil and compost kit for schools and creating a display for Tiverton Museum, and organising talks. As a group they have been amazing, but Gill in particular has been nominated as she has been so inclusive, creative, dedicated and professional. This has included working directly with 2 schools and creating an amazing 3D installation for the museum.

Runner up – Diane Dart

Di is known as the recycling queen by her colleagues! She is very passionate about recycling and keeps everyone informed about what can and cannot be recycled. She is currently encouraging colleagues to stop using single use plastic cups and has also been known to rifle through bins to make sure everything that can be recycled is recycled. She never gives up even when her message isn't always getting through!

Category Winner – Matt Hulland

Matt continues to work on improving the environment by taking either direct action and getting out and litter picking, ensuring the waste is recycled as much as he can, or by encouraging others to do the same.  In his spare time (!), he co-founded the Ocean Recovery Project whose mission is to recycle marine plastic and support beach clean groups throughout Devon & Cornwall.  He tackles waste in remote locations, educates future generations and helps local fishing ports recycle nets and plastics.

Community Group Recycling Hero

Runner Up – Exmouth Repair Cafe

The Exmouth Repair Café is run by the community for the community.  Each month a team of volunteer menders are put to the test, offering expert advice and fixing an array of broken items brought to them by the people of Exmouth. The monthly activities are a chance for people to learn new skills in a fun and friendly environment – with plenty of tea, cake and bacon baps too!

Runner Up - Blackdown Hills Repair Cafe

Blackdown Hills Repair Café runs events every other month in Hemyock Village Hall. The group is led by the unstoppable Trisha Comrie who dedicated hundreds of hours in the lead up to the launch event. Her hard work paid off and an incredible 120 people attended the launch event including the local MP. Since that first event Trisha has drawn together a core team of dedicated volunteers to plan and run the events plus a large bank of menders. At the time of writing this, there have been 4 events and the group have received almost 200 items (70% of which have been fixed) and the events are going from strength to strength.  The Repair Cafe drives home the message about the importance of creating a repair culture whilst also providing a welcoming environment for people in the community to come together, support each other, pass on skills and meet new people.

Runner Up - Matt Hulland

Matt has set up a number of zero waste pages on Facebook. These pages offer lots of helpful information and advice on how residents can reduce, reuse and recycle in their local area. He always goes beyond his job and is very passionate about helping to protect the environment.

 

Winner - Silver Hill Day Centre

Attendees of the Silver Hill day centre, part of Barnstaple Day Services, take part in weekly activities to help their local environment. Every week they have a beach cleaning group that goes out litter picking, and they also have a recycling group who sort out the centre’s recycling. They encourage others to recycle their rubbish and do a fantastic job.

Small Business Champion

Runner Up – Joanna Joliffe, Culm Valley Sports Centre

Jo has organised recycling bins around her workplace, Culm Valley Sports Centre, with factual posters to inform colleagues of the benefits of recycling. She also makes sure that everyone recycles the right things in the right way. Her colleagues say she goes above and beyond to recycle as much as possible and she is a recycling star!

Runner Up – Sarah Gillbard

Sarah & her colleagues at the London Inn pub in Morchard Bishop are at the heart of village life and encourage neighbours & customers to bring their recycling to a hut they’ve provided in their car park. The proceeds are used to support village projects. Sarah gives freely of her time to fetch, carry & promote the scheme.

 

Category Winner – Sharon Bates and Litchdon Medical Centre

Sharon works at Litchdon medical centre in Barnstaple where she and staff including office and reception, caretakers, nurses and GPs, have been working hard to be more environmentally friendly in various ways over the last 3 years. All the staff play their part in ensuring everything is recycled as much as possible.  They also try to promote and encourage recycling and 'being green' and environmentally friendly to their 15,000 patients. They aim to lead by example as the environment is important to them and they feel the practice can play a part in being a positive role model.

Recycling Centre Operative staff

Runner Up – Exeter City Council MRF team

The MRF team have shown incredible commitment improve ECC's recycling service above and beyond what is their normal remit. They are working to process not only Exeter's recycling but also all of West Devon plastics and cans, some of Teignbridge recycling, and have worked with North Devon and Bristol this year. All of this they have done outside of their normal working hours. The team are also working with local businesses helping them recycle their business waste.

Category Winner – Nathan Tanton, Punchbowl Recycling Centre

Nathan Tanton  is a household waste recycling centre attendant at Punchbowl Recycling Centre. When a work colleague severely injured his hand, Nathan realised the severity of the incident – a small bandage wouldn’t do – so he picked out a pair of trousers which happened to be in the vicinity and applied direct pressure to the wound whilst shouting for someone to call 999. Nathan spent the next 30 minutes comforting his fellow worker as well as putting pressure onto the wound until paramedics arrived. The injured staff member was rushed into surgery immediately and made a full recovery thanks to Nathan’s quick thinking.