Excellence in recycling and waste management

PAWRSThe Plant And Waste Recycling Show at Paignton was held on 8-10 June 2010 in glorious sunshine and was some 35 per cent larger in space and exhibitors than 2009. What’s more, already many of this year’s exhibitors have confirmed they are coming back for next year’s event on 7-9 June 2011.

The quality of visitors was high with local authorities and business people. Delegates and exhibitors enjoyed the great networking opportunities in the glorious English Riviera weather, with many going home with suntans.

The Campaign for Real Recycling were at the show in the conference suite for three days. And the Resource and Loop Group, in conjunction with May Gurney and Torbay Council, promoted the treatment of waste as a resource, as well as recycling to save using new resources from the planet.

PAWRS also worked with many exhibitors to ensure this message gets out there and to make sure visitors came to see the people, technologies, plant and equipment that will change the world in the treatment of waste and recycling.

All in all the PAWRS Eco Team, led by Richard Hunt, look forward to next June to see all their friends back at the best show at the best venue in the country for networking and business – at a price everyone can afford.We look forward to seeing exhibitors old and new at the most competitive exhibition in Europe.

Awards evening
The Plant And Waste Recycling Awards recognise successful projects that are reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill across the UK.

The awards evening held in the Imperial Hotel, Torquay was a roaring success and was attended by 160 local authority officers and business people. The awards were compered by John McDonald, the famous Sky Sports presenter, and handed out by John Conteh ex-light heavyweight World Champion, who also did a great after dinner address.

The Plant And Waste Recycling Awards aim is to promote industry innovation and excellence. The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 9 June at the Torbay Suite, Barcelo Imperial Hotel, Torquay. The event was hugely supported by our sponsors who included headline sponsors BMC PLC and others including ISUZU TRUCKS, BML Utilities – a heavy cable recovery/recycling company based in London Colney – =Systematic Services, and Wheelie Bin Direct just to name a few. We would like to express our thanks to all of the sponsors for their ongoing support of the exhibition and also the first year of the awards.  

The evening began with a pre-ceremony drink hosted by our headline sponsors BMC PLC on the grand balcony overlooking the bay. Following this, the 160 people party then moved on to the Torbay Suite for the awards, starting with a welcome message from Mr Richard Hunt, chairman of PAWRS & PAWRS Awards. He then introduced the deputy mayor of Torbay for his pre-dinner welcome speech. After the wonderful four course gourmet meal the two celebrity presenters, Mr John McDonald and boxing legend Mr John Conteh took to the stage to begin the ceremony and reveal the winners before presenting the awards.  

Award categories
The awards were divided into three categories – Public Sector Awards (local and central government departments), Private Sector Awards (private sector organisations concerned with waste management & recycling practices), and Industry Awards (organisations that manufacture products and provide services for use in recycling/waste management).

The public sector received many nominations from all over the UK. Peterborough City Council won the Local Authority of the Year Award, their second award win this year after winning the Recycling Awareness Award at the Government Business Awards held at the Emirates Stadium in March. Cornwall Council also celebrated after winning the Recycling Awareness Award, and Resource Futures – South West Waste Recycling Forum (SWWRF) scooped the Food Waste Award.

The private sector and industry awards were also very popular with a vast array of companies nominated. Zoeller won the Waste Management Product of the Year Award, AUTOMATRICS won the Industry Innovation Award, while Swindon Commercial Services had their name on the Health and Safety Innovation Award. Well done Billie Bowie on winning the private sector waste management award and congratulations to all of the winners. (See box for a full list of the award winners).

A time for celebration
All in all the PAWRS Awards were a huge success and greatly enjoyed by all attendees. It provided an ideal platform for local authorities and private sector organisations to form partnerships – important as recycling and waste management is an industry where cross sector working and liaisons are essential in order for the many innovative projects to realise their potential. As the awards are in conjunction with the PAWRS exhibition, visitors to the event also got the opportunity to peruse the latest solutions in plant and machinery, and all aspects of recycling and waste management.
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