ECO Plastics Ltd., Hemswell, United Kingdom, has received two recycling-related awards at separate ceremonies in the United Kingdom. The company, a consumer of plastic scrap, received the National Recycling Awards Material Recycler of the Year award. Along with Coca-Cola Enterprises, ECO Plastics has also received the Business Green Leaders’ Recycling Project of the Year for its Continuum joint venture.
“To win two awards in an evening is quite an achievement, but to do so at different ceremonies is a first for ECO Plastics,” said Jonathan Short, managing director of ECO Plastics, upon accepting the Material Recycler of the Year Award.
“Tonight is a reflection of the hard work of all our team and show what a fantastic year it’s been for ECO Plastics,” added Short. “Most obviously, of course, our Continuum joint venture with Coca-Cola Enterprises has been a huge success. The fact that it has been recognized with another top award demonstrates again that it is a project which genuinely has the potential to revolutionize the way that the recycling operates.”
In giving ECO Plastics the Recycler of the Year Award, the judging panel noted, “ECO Plastics has rightly received national recognition for the scale and strength of its recycling operation and intelligently uses key partners to close the recycling circles.”
Meanwhile ECO Plastics’ and Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Continuum joint venture collected the Business Green Recycling Project gong for Continuum Recycling in recognition of the project’s contribution to domestic recycled PET production and the partnership’s impact on the local economy.
In accepting that award, Nick Brown, associate director for recycling at Coca-Cola Enterprises, said, “We are very proud of the long-term partnership forged with ECO Plastics. This award is testament to the many shared achievements already made since opening Continuum Recycling in 2012.
“The initiative has truly transformed recycling in Great Britain, reaching the milestone of sorting more than half a billion bottles in just a year and proving fundamental in helping the Coca-Cola system to deliver on its sustainability pledge for the London 2012 Olympics,” Brown continued. “We hope the latest recognition of Continuum’s success helps to further demonstrate to everyone, from householders to Local Authorities and policy makers, the real environmental and economic benefits of recycling.”
James Murray, editor of Business Green, said, “The judges were impressed by this innovative joint venture, which has had a major impact on the UK’s recycling capacity and ensured that Coca-Cola could recycle all the bottles collected from the Olympic Games. The project was praised for providing a real life example of how closed loop manufacturing can slash environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions.”
(In the photo above, Jonathan Short is picking up the National Recycling Award for Materials Recycler of the Year. On his right is Herman Van Der Meij, Director of Resource Management at recycling plant operator Viridor Waste Management Ltd. and on his left is award presenter Alistair McGowan.)