Winners Announced at Flagship Recycling Awards Sponsored by Helistrat

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Helistrat was once again pleased to be able to recognise the efforts and success of those working to further improve the UK’s recycling and resource management through its sponsorship of the 2019 Awards for Excellence, organised by Letsrecycle.com.

 The ‘Waste Management Initiative in the Retail, Commercial and Public sector’, sponsored by Helistrat, featured a number of well-known UK businesses:

  • Arriva UK Bus – diversion of waste from landfill
  • DHL and Gatwick Airport – recycling achievements
  • Dixon’s Carphone – small WEEE collection (winner)
  • Valpak National Cup recycling scheme – coffee cup recycling
  • WasteCare – battery recycling

In a hard-fought contest, Dixon’s Carphone walked away with the award for their ‘Small WEEE Collection Service.’  An estimated 60,000 tonnes of small electrical items are disposed of in household waste bins every year.  As a leading electrical retailer, Dixons Carphone tackled this head-on by launching a free of charge, small WEEE collection service.  It allows customers to get rid of unwanted small electrical items they have in their home by handing them over during delivery. This new service, the first of its kind from a UK retailer, aims to reduce the amount of unnecessary landfilling of WEEE and encourage households to recycle items they may have hoarded away.

The sixteen awards were presented by BBC presenter and Masterchef frontman, Gregg Wallace, at London’s Landmark Hotel.  The audience also heard a keynote address from the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, who is also the chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and called for a more collaborative approach to tacking environmental issues.

Congratulations all the finalists who share Helistrat’s ambition to create a more resource efficient and circular economy.  This innovation and commitment are vital to us maximising the environmental and commercial potential of these valuable secondary resources.