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Thank You Awards 2020

On Friday 6th March 2020, we held an event to celebrate the amazing work that Devon residents do to reduce waste in their local communities. These inspirational groups and individuals were nominated by the public and shortlisted to win awards in various categories. 

The marvellous cakes were generously sponsored by RH Advertising and supplied by St Sidwells Community Cafe, part of an independent charity here in Exeter. They worked alongside an organisation called Exeter Food Action, who rescues excess food from shops, supermarkets and suppliers, and redistributes it to charity organisations. We can safely say they were the best brownies we've ever had and we're proud to work with local organisations who reduce food waste in such a scrumptious way! 


A big thank you also to the URM Group, who kindly sponsored the amazing upcycled glass awards created by "Made with Love by Mazz", and Roamaquip who donated money to the marine conservation charity Fathoms Free on behalf of Zillah Robertson who created the beautfiul Commendation and People's Choice Awards. 

Recycling Hero 

Special Commendation - Katherine Dawson

Katherine is only 7 years old but she’s already encouraging others to recycle as well. She insisted that her father set up a recycling facility at his work, collects old pens and crisp packets to take to school and also asked for gifts without packaging for birthday and Christmas. Well done and thank you to Katherine!




Runner up - Margaret Harrow

Margaret does her utmost to recycle everything possible, from foil yogurt pot lids to broken headphones. However, she doesn't just stop at recycling, as she is working towards making her family and friends as eco-friendly and environmentally conscious as possible. She has made many large positive changes to her household such as swapping to silicone container covers and buying low packaged food, vegetables and meat to cut down on plastic pollution.



Runner up - Mike Leonard

Mike works hard to collect up all of Bradninch's crisp wrappers, biscuit wrappers and other confectionery item wrappers using bins he has installed at the local Guildhall.  He packages them all up and sends them off to Terracycle to help raise money for various local charities including the Bradninch Pre-School, Scout Group, Football Club and Youth Club.


Winner - Heather Clay

Heather continues to be a key player in Tiverton Re-Rooted monthly cafe which saves supermarket foods going to waste. She helps organise, acts on a rota as head chef, manages the food store and shows huge commitment. Earlier this year, she was a key player in establishing a Community Fridge at Tiverton library and makes regular (often daily) visits to ensure it is kept clean and well stocked. 





Small Business Champion

Runner Up - Denise Durrant with House of Green

Denise set up in the Tiverton Pannier Market in October 2017 and has helped support countless people move towards a low waste lifestyle.  She has recently opened up a zero waste shop in Tiverton called House of Green which sells package-free foods, household cleaners, shampoos, body wash, beauty products, reusable sandwich bags, cutlery, straws and more. She also provided a recycling collection point for Ellie's Fund, a charity raising money for Brain tumour Research.


Winner - Richard and Nicky Morgan with Midleydown Glamping 

Nicky and Richard provide recycling bins and have provided the guests with information on how to recycle their waste. They have also built a new recycling station which is a hub for all the guests to go to at the end of their stay to ensure that they're recycled correctly. Midleydown often reuse empty jars to display coffee/tea/sugar in and they keep all products left behind for future customers to use if they need something. Nicky and Richard sourced a lot of pre-loved furniture from eBay and Gumtree and they also use these sites when they have finished with things, for other people to enjoy.



Recycling Centre Operative/Staff and Collection Crew

Runner up - Shaun Steer

Shaun is a Bulking and Recycling centre charge hand at Teignbridge District Council and ensures, through proactive leadership and staff management, that the site is kept clear of any blown litter which may pollute the local area. He makes best with limited resources and is innovative in his approach to reducing litter on site as well as minimising waste. Shaun consistently goes over and above what is expected of him to run a facility that is both efficient in recycling and kept clean and tidy in all weathers and climates.



Runner up - Ian Grantham

Ian, age 67, is still helping the public carry large items up the steps at Okehampton Recycling Centre. He always has a smile, always going out of his way to help people. He is diligent in his work and cares about the other site operatives on site, often taking the young staff under his wing and guiding them in the right direction to ensure a great standard of work is achieved.






Winner - Killacleve Recycling Centre

All the staff at Killacleve are always unfailingly helpful and keep a continued eye out for people that need help. Always polite, courteous and happy to help whatever the weather and often going out of their way to assist those who are having problems due to age or disability. They give useful advice and make the whole process a positive experience rather than a chore, thus encouraging people to use the facility.  Nothing is too much trouble and they are always up for a laugh and a joke. They can make a sometimes daunting trip a very hassle free experience. 



Collection Crew/Operative

Winner - Steve Kingdom

Steve is an employee of Teignbridge District Council Waste and recycling team and his dedication to duty is humbling. He consistently volunteers to work longer hours than is necessary to ensure the operational service is maintained by going out of his way to keep all recycling skips emptied and serviced. He is an excellent example to our staff of how a diligent approach to waste management and taking pride in what you do can contribute to a cleaner and tidier Devon.




School Recycling Hero Adult 

Runner up - Lisa Batten

Lisa has worked tirelessly to implement a new recycling and composting strategy in Uffculme school. She has been tenacious, dedicated and made positive changes, inspiring an excellent team to carry out collections and sorting on site. She has monitored how things are working out, communicated within the school community and kept the district on their toes and accountable for collections, ironing out problems as they arise.



Runner up - Shani Adams

Shani has set up a composting group at lunchtimes and convinced The Friends of Ilsington School to purchase a Hotbox so that cooked food as well as other materials could be composted.  She has also acquired pallets and built a set of three layering composting stations. The children join in with her at lunchtimes, shredding paper, collecting waste from classrooms, sweeping up leaves, chopping small twigs and monitoring how the systems are working.

She also encourages everyone, parents included, to have a good look at home for things the children can make use of at Outdoor Learning that she leads, things you have long forgotten about and no-longer need, want or use. Staff also give their “confessions” to her on a Monday morning in the form of corks to be re-used in crafts.



Winner - Sadie Davies

Sadie Davies is a recycling pioneer. Earlier this year, she spearheaded a campaign which resulted in Bradworthy Primary Academy being awarded coveted "Plastic Free Schools Status" - something which very few primary schools in Devon have achieved. Last September, she became the first woman to swim from mainland Devon to Lundy island. This is a phenomenal & historic achievement which she undertook in order to raise awareness & raise money for recycling orientated charities such as Surfers Against Sewage, such is her passion for promoting recycling in Devon. Sadie’s has many projects on go, a recent one involved creating waste free Christmas crackers.  She is relentless in her mission to raise the profile of recycling in Devon.





School Recycling Hero - Class

Runner up - Green Team, The Kings School, Ottery 

The green team have implemented many green initiatives around the school such as switching from plastic to wooden cutlery in the canteen and campaigning for compostable cups. In line with the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle – they also looked at how to reduce the use of wooden cutlery. They have been collecting plastics to be recycled by the D&T department, held litter picks around school and launched a poster campaign around school to reduce plastic pollution.





Winner - Green Team , St David's Primary

St David’s had an amazing term learning how to be Eco -warriors.  Every child in the school made an eco brick using plastic that cannot be recycled, which formed part of an eco display in the school, and have learned the impact marine plastic has on wildlife . The Green Team have made signage to encourage lights to be turned off, monitored bins to check on correct recycling, got parents to bring in batteries for recycling and stamps which are sent to the Barn Owl Trust to raise funds. In addition, during gardening times, seeds were planted in paper pots made by the children to save using plastic, compost made from leaves and playtime fruit snacks for the garden. The children work incredibly hard in their own time during lunchtimes and after school.



Community Group Recycling Hero 

Runner up - Kay Brennan and Anne-Marie Eveleigh 

This joint award is for Kay Brennan and Anne-Marie Eveleigh for their efforts to set up and promote the Plastic Free Movement in Woolacombe, Mortehoe and beyond . The movement was created to reduce the threat of plastic pollution in the oceans. It was launched within the community as a means to support businesses to reduce their reliance on unnecessary single use plastics and to assist with the long term use of sustainable solutions.  It has been embraced in the Parish by most members of the community and businesses who have made a concerted effort to reduce the use of single use plastics . The ultimate aim is to achieve plastic free status.

Both Kay and Anne-Marie have worked tirelessly in the community to promote the aim and fully support the common goal of reducing the plastic impact on our coastal environment. 



Runner up - David Murphy and Jack Otton

David and Jack are co-conspirators who have taken it upon themselves to help with fundraising for their village church, St. Peters, where funds raised are being put toward the essential repair of the bell tower. They have built a "can cart" and travel around the village centre collecting up recyclables which can be sold on to specific business, putting the funds raised into the church tower appeal fund. They did this under their own steam, with some assistance from parents of both teenagers, they have recycled old bike wheels and frames, wood from demolished buildings and their own time to construct the cart. They have circulated to the villagers their collection times, and have really generated a response!



Winner - Sarah Ward and Elle Welch

Sarah and Elle have both set up local Terracycle collection points for items that can’t be recycled to raise funds for the East Devon Juvenile Diabetes Group, a charity which is special to Elle as her son has diabetes. Within six months of collecting, Elle had sent off 700kgs! Not only does she accept the items at her shop in Honiton, making it easy for the town’s residents to recycle, but she has also inspired the local community in Blackborough to set up a collection point at the village hall.  She has inspired many to look at how they can boost recycling and awareness at home and in nearby holiday cottages. They helped set up a Facebook group to support the recycling, which has nearly 400 members. Both share lots of advice about recycling, not just about their scheme but the issues more widely so they are also providing an important education service to the community. Sarah and Ell have endless energy and enthusiasm and they are truly an inspiration.




Peoples Choice Award 

A total of 1,277 were cast via our website for nominees shortlisted in the Thank You Awards. And the winner was Mike Leonard - who received this gorgeous piece of art made by Zillah Robertson from marine plastic washed up on Devon beaches