Novelis was delighted to attend the annual Quality Recognition Awards at The Resource Association’s Annual Lecture and Summer Reception, held in London on Tuesday 9th July at the National Liberal Club.

The Quality Recognition Awards are a way of celebrating high-quality recycling by giving reprocessor members a chance to say thank you to a highly regarded supplier of materials for their efforts in delivering quality.  Reprocessors are invited to make nominations, based on the supplier having met correct quality standards and having now loads rejected in the past year.  This year’s Quality Recognition Award winners were nominated by five of association members, including Novelis:

Pearce Recycling – nominated by Novelis for consistently and efficiently supplying used beverage cans without any rejections and meeting all standards.

Hills Waste Solutions – nominated by ACE-UK for boosting carton recycling by adding cartons to the kerbside and maintaining quality in their expanded kerbside recycling collection for Wiltshire Council.

Tesco plc – nominated by DS Smith Recycling for tackling fruit contamination of cardboard boxes, improving and maintaining high quality in a programme of assessments and communications that delivered results. 

Stroud District Council – nominated by Palm Recycling for a significant effort to improve and then maintain quality of fibre collected with process change at depots and generating a sense of pride in the quality now delivered.

Newport Recycling in partnership with Hills Waste Solutions – nominated by UPM for a consistently high-quality relationship that delivers News and PAM with good quality control, feedback to staff and regular refresher training.

Hosting the Awards ceremony, Chief Executive Ray Georgeson said: 

“Our purpose in maintaining the Quality Recognition Awards is to emphasise the good practice and positive work being done to achieve consistently high quality recyclate and to say thank you to those suppliers that understand this and work well with the UK recycling industry.  Our congratulations and thanks go to all the winners for their great efforts.”

In the Associations’ Annual Lecture, industry guests and members heard from Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland and Ngozika Onyekwelu of the African Circular Economy Network on the challenges and prospects for the circular economy in the UK, wider Europe and beyond.  Both speakers emphasised the vital importance of community and individual engagement in the future, especially as we work to champion the role of going circular in tackling the climate crisis.  Ngozika focused on the real challenges countries like Zambia face in tackling the public health crisis of poor waste management in a developing country while also seeking economic development with new recycling businesses.

Ray Georgeson concluded:

“There are massive differences in the challenges we face compared to those of many developing countries like Zambia, but there are undoubtedly common issues like communicating well with residents and many opportunities to pool our knowledge and resources for the common good.”