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Issue Date:- 23 June 2008


THE National Recycling Awards - the only gala event recognising and rewarding excellence in the waste and recycling community - are back for 2008 and are calling for companies, councils and charities to enter and be in with a chance of winning one of these prestigious accolades.  Widely recognised as the recycling industry's benchmark, the National Recycling Awards have been celebrating best practice in the public and private sector for over a decade.

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With high street retailers playing an ever greater role in green issues, organisers have introduced a new category for Best High Street Recycler which extends the opportunities for local and national retailers including pubs, bars and restaurants to enter the Awards. Meanwhile the Wincanton Innovation in Health and Safety Practices Award recognises that there is still much to do to reduce the dangers faced by those working in the industry, and seeks to reward successful initiatives that have won the full support of the workforce.

Organised by Materials Recycling Week, the National Recycling Awards are open to any organisation, community group or company that is affected by recycling, plays an active part in the recycling process or is involved in the production chain of recycled products. Winners will be presented with their awards at a celebrity-hosted black-tie gala event at the Telford International Centre on 12 November 2008.

Full entry guidelines can be found on and the closing date for entries is Friday, 22 August 2008.

The 2008 National Recycling Award categories are:-

* REPIC Electrical & Electronic Recycler of the Year
* Valpak Award for Best Local Authority Initiative
* Baylis Award for Best Supermarket Recycler
* Wincanton Innovation in Health & Safety Practices
* Viridor Best Local Authority Initiative
* Corus Small Business Recycling Initiative
* Best Partnership Project for Recycling
* Recycling Officer of the Year
* ASDA Recycling Target Success
* Best High Street Recycler

Paul Sanderson editor of Materials Recycling Week (MRW) and chair of the judging panel, said:- "The high street has a massive role to play in making a more sustainable society and the recycling industry itself is making genuine efforts to improve on its poor health and safety record. The categories for this year's National Recycling Awards acknowledge both of these trends.  Across the UK, thousands of businesses, charities and local authorities continue to do their good work to minimise waste and recycle, much of which goes unnoticed. We would urge them all to enter the National Recycling Awards so their great ideas can be shared with others. There really is a category for everyone!"

Benefits of winning:-

The prestige associated with winning a National Recycling Award is considerable.  As well as recognition from their peers in the recycling industry, previous winners report that it has raised their profile, boosted staff morale and helped them to win new business.

Last year's winners included:-

* WM Morrison Supermarkets who won the Baylis Award for Best Supermarket Recycling Initiative for its Recyclopedia guide - a labelling system which the retailer developed for its own-brand packaging. The supermarket developed a system of symbols which provided customers with information on the recyclability of the packaging components.

* Preston City Council who picked up the Grosvenor Best Local Authority Initiative Award by bringing about a "wind of change" with its baked bean-themed campaign to encourage students to recycle! Kerbside recycling in the study area increased by 10% and recycling participation rates increased too.

* Pendle Borough Council who smashed recycling targets with its 'Cleaner, Greener, Safer' campaign, despite a high number of deprived areas and limited resources, and ran off with the Viridor Recycling Target Success Award.

The entries will be judged in September by a panel of industry professionals chaired by MRW's editor, Paul Sanderson.

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Views sought on skate park

LIVERPOOL City Council is getting people’s views on whether they want a skate park in the city. 

The city has a thriving community of skateboarders, highlighted by the growing popularity of the city’s annual HUB festival. A celebration of music and extreme sports including skateboarding, BMX and in-line skating, this year’s festival at Otterspool Prom attracted more than 20,000 people. 

As part of HUB, temporary skate parks are set up, but the council has now launched a city-wide consultation to find out how much demand there is for a permanent skate park, and where people would like to see it built.

Local people with an interest in skateboarding, BMXing, in-line skating or rollerblading are being invited to fill out an on-line questionnaire. It gives them the chance to have their say and make their opinions count.

The city council is also putting posters and information leaflets to let people know about the consultation in the city’s Lifestyles Fitness Centres and Youth Centres.

The city council’s executive member for sport, Councillor Keith Turner, said:- “We are aware that sections of the community are keen to see a dedicated skate park in Liverpool, so we are carrying out some in-depth research into the level of demand and possible locations. 

Events like our HUB festival demonstrate the thriving community of keen skateboarders and BMX riders we have in Liverpool, and we want to fully take on-board all their views.

This initial consultation will give us a good idea of what people think and will form part of a wider city-wide study into the feasibility of a skate park in Liverpool.”

The questionnaire can be found at

The closing date to have your say is 31 July 2008.

Towering fears for Fairfield’s historic spire

NEWS that one of the last Victorian landmarks in the Fairfield area of Liverpool could be set for demolition has been met with concern by the Victorian Society, the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment.

Built by Victorian architect W Raffles Brown, the Church of St John the Divine, has been a notable landmark on the Merseyside skyline for over 150 years.  The importance of its prominent tower and spire was recognised in 1978 when these features were retained and incorporated into a new building on the site after much of the original church was demolished. However, the tower has become dilapidated over recent years and financial constraints have led to plans to close the church and demolish its remaining nineteenth century features.

Given that many of the Victorian houses to the south of St John the Divine are earmarked for demolition under the Edge Lane widening scheme, the destruction of the tower and spire could strip Fairfield of one of its last historic features, further erasing the character of this once prosperous Liverpool suburb.

"The loss of the tower and spire of St John the Divine would be a great shame.

It is one of the last surviving markers of Fairfield’s affluent past as well as being a significant landmark today.

Buildings like this contribute so much to the character of their surroundings and foster a sense of place and local distinctiveness.

We urge Liverpool Diocese to do everything possible to avoid razing this piece of Liverpool’s heritage to the ground." said David Garrard, Historic Churches Adviser of the Victorian Society.

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