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Total Reuse scoop National Letsrecycle Award
  • National Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

    National Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

    Winners and finalists with presenter Susanna Reid at the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Managements

  • National Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

    National Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management

    Total Reuse bring trophy home to Lancashire! Visit for more about Total Reuse and their work

Total Reuse scoop National Award

20th May 2013

Total Reuse represent Lancashire with winning project 'The Tool Shed' named as Best Community Recycling Initiative at Letsrecycle Awards 2013

The aim of the Tool Shed is to engage individuals, organisations, multi-national companies and anyone else in diverting reusable items from landfill by prolonging they're lifecycle through repair, refurbishment or remanufacturing. Where this is not possible we look to find an alternative use for the component parts. We use any technique that begins with 're' or ends in 'cycling'.

The Tool Shed is based on the Australian Men in Sheds movement where inter-generational groups come together to pass on and, or, learn practical and life skills through activity, identity and meaning.

It is reported that more than half-a-million 50+ men in the UK lead lonely lives with no friends and no contact with family. Divorce and family break-up has left millions without ties to their family links. Retirement and redundancy deprives many of the company of work colleagues and others are left alone by bereavement or their own poor health. The Tool Shed aims to meet the needs of the 50+ group whilst encouraging a mix of older people looking to reengage with life and younger people searching for a direction in life.

Its commitment to equality and diversity ensures The Tool Shed recruits people from all backgrounds and contributes to creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. It enables and enhances the personal development of all participants thereby improving their quality of life and wellbeing.

Everything the team makes is a limited edition with the number of pieces being determined by the quantity of materials salvaged from each location. For example, only two 10’ trestle tables were manufactured for Leaf on Bold Street as only two were saved from St Joseph’s College. There will be only three full length mirrors made from doors from the same location. Each piece has a unique serial number and is supplied with the full provenance of the materials and a montage of its manufacture.

Recent developments have included the team going out into the community and providing after school clubs to year nine groups and adult courses enabling participants to produce their own upcycled comic chairs thereby raising awareness of the option of reuse.

The invitation to be part of the solution rather than the problem is open to everyone. Individuals can volunteer their time or expertise to work with those already there. People can donate tools, equipment or materials for the team to work with. Creative’s can come along and offer support, advice and designs to work on. But most importantly, if you do feel isolated, have no real sense of direction, or simply just want to come along and have a chat and a coffee then the door is always open (well, from about eight in the morning till four thirty in the afternoon Monday to Friday).

In January, Total Reuse secured the Big Lottery's Reaching Communities funding. The Tool Shed won Lancashire CRN's Red Rose Resource Award for best New Project in 2012 and has now received national acclaim. Visit the Total Reuse website for more about their activities and more about The Tool Shed.


Original Article: Olympics connection at tenth annual recycling awards

London’s Olympic Games recycling crews and a number of initiatives using waste to benefit the community were among the winners at the tenth annual Awards for Excellence, held in London yesterday (May 16).

SITA UK scooped two awards, one for its work collecting waste from London 2012, while there was also an Olympic connection in the winner of the Recycling Business of the Year category, where JBS Fibre Recovery picked up gold - partly for its work recycling mattresses from the Olympic village.

Other winners included Binn Waste Management for the its recycling site in Tayside and Lambeth council’s recycling officer Philip O’Keefe was recognised for his efforts in driving up recycling across the borough.

The Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management, now in their tenth year, are organised by, in association with event partner Palm Recycling. They were presented in 11 categories following a champagne reception and a three course gala luncheon at the Landmark Hotel by BBC Breakfast News presenter Susanna Reid.

Susanna Reid said: “It's my pleasure to be here at your awards - and it's always wonderful to meet people who've been nominated for their achievements - and looking through all the nominations for winners I was overwhelmed by the nature of work that has been done sometimes in incredibly difficult, challenging circumstances.”

The keynote address was delivered by Julie Hill, chair of the Green Alliance’s Circular Economy Taskforce. In her address, she praised the recycling industry for its progress over the last decade and recognised that the UK is among the most improved nations in the EU for recycling over that period.

Julie Hill said: “You may have seen the European Environment Agency’s report recently, showing that the UK had the biggest increase in recycling rate over the past decade, showing that although we started from a low base, we have pulled ourselves up by the bootstraps. The real people responsible for that are in this room today.

“The UK, from having been behind in its thinking about waste treatment and being late to the party, can finally put flesh on the idea of a circular economy.”

This year’s entries were assessed by a panel of six judges. The panel included: John Woodruff, chairman of the National Association for Waste Disposal Officers, Craig Anderson, chief executive of the Furniture Re-use Network, Catherine Cooke, contract development manager for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Jeff Cooper, vice president of the International Solid Waste Association, Matthew Farrow, policy director for the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and editor Steve Eminton.

This year’s awards featured a new category, the Zero Waste Platinum Award, which is open to recipients of the Gold award in the separately run Zero Waste Awards and four firms were nominated for the prize.

Zero Waste Platinum Award – sponsored by Saica Natur and WasteCare  |  Winner: Portakabin

Modular buildings manufacturer Portakabin was the inaugural winner of the Zero Waste Platinum Award for implementing a waste management and recycling programme which has seen them achieve zero waste to landfill at their manufacturing centre in York, ahead of their 2013 target. And, materials used to make Portakabin buildings have a 35% recycled content.

High Street Recycling Champion – sponsored by Retail Environment  |  Winner: The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group was named winner of the High Street Recycling Champion category for ‘Project Womble’, an initiative to improve the backhauling of recyclables. The Group reviewed its approach to waste management and with the help of waste management firm Biffa, source separated waste at store level into food, dry mixed recycling and residual waste. The first stage of the scheme has seen The Co-op achieve a high recycling rate across northern England and the Midlands.

Commercial Recycling Champion – sponsored by Hadfield Wood Recyclers  |  Winner: Sharon Parsons, B&Q

The judges recognised Sharon’s extraordinary efforts to transform waste and recycling at nationwide DIY chain B&Q over the last five years which has seen the company achieve a recycling rate of 72% and a landfill diversion rate of 91% across all of its stores. Sharon has also successfully overseen the rollout of a hard plastics recycling scheme across the group, and overall, has prevented over 260,000 tonnes of waste from being sent to landfill.

Waste Management Initiative in The Commercial and Public Sector – sponsored by PHS Group  | Winner: Booker

Wholesale provider Booker was recognised for its packaging recycling service, which it set up in 2011 to help customers reduce their environmental impact. The company ran a trial of the scheme at its cash and carry branches to allow customers to recycle cardboard and plastic, which was combined with Booker’s own material and sent back using reverse logistics. 480,000 SMEs signed up to the service when it was launched nationwide last year.

Innovation in Design of a Waste Management Facility – sponsored by the Environmental Services Association’s Recycling Registration Service  |  Winner: Binn Waste Management

The Innovation in Design Award went to Binn Waste Management for its site in Tayside. With around 15,000 tonnes of waste entering the site each year, facilities include a materials recycling facility (MRF) as well as anaerobic digestion. Binn Waste Management has achieved an 86% recycling rate for waste that enters the site.

The Best Community Recycling Initiative – sponsored by DHL Envirosolutions  |  Winner: Total Reuse CIC: The Tool Shed

The Tool Shed is a project being carried out by Total Reuse, a social enterprise based in North West England. The project was recognised for its aim to drive waste up the hierarchy. This work is carried out through the Tool Shed which aims to help men over the age of 50 suffering from loneliness and depression by getting them involved in refurbishing or repairing products such as furniture.

Recycling Business of the Year – sponsored by Wastepack  |  Winner: JBS Fibre Recovery

Judges awarded the Telford-based firm with the Recycling Business of the Year Award for its work recycling more than 800,000 used mattresses per year. The company aims to see this almost double to 1.5 million mattresses by the end of 2013. In 2012, its work included recycling some 5,000 mattresses from the London 2012 Olympics. In total, the company estimates that it has diverted 20,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Collection Crew of the Year – sponsored by Geesinknorba  |  Winner: SITA UK

SITA UK celebrated the first of its two awards won on the day for its work collecting waste from the London 2012 Olympic Games. A 100-strong collection crew, with members from all over the UK, lived and worked together throughout the whole of the Games, forging a strong sense of team spirit and helping to keep Games venues clean and safe for visitors and athletes alike.

Civic Amenity Site of the Year – sponsored by Repic  |   Winner: Witley Community Recycling Centre

SITA UK scooped its second award for the Witley CRC, a site it manages in rural Surrey. The Witley CRC has seen a huge redesign, with sustainability placed firmly at the core, with a dedicated reuse area and improved accessibility to all containers. An acoustic fence has also been erected at the site to minimise noise.

The Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative – sponsored by Palm Recycling  |  Winner: Oxfordshire county council’s bike reuse scheme

Oxfordshire county council’s waste management team was recognised for its work with vulnerable children, young people and families to develope a bike reuse scheme. In one year, nearly two tonnes of bikes have been collected from the Alkerton household waste recycling centre in Banbury so that young people can learn to repair them and gain skills from qualified mechanics.

Local Authority Recycling Champion – sponsored by Biffa  |  Winner: Philip O’Keefe

Philip O’Keeffe is the waste development officer at the London Borough of Lambeth and has masterminded its waste prevention strategy which achieved higher than expected results. This includes work to promote real nappies, the development of local collection points for unwanted items including WEEE and textiles and the development of local recycling points.

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