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FCC Environment customer HMP Rochester scoops National Recycling Award

02 Jul 2015 11:57

HMP Rochester and Abacus Furniture Project, together with FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading waste and resource management companies, have won a prestigous National Recycling Award (NRA), held last night at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

HMP Rochester and Abacus Furniture Project won the award for Best Partnership Project for its bike restoration and reuse scheme. The prize recognises that the partnership and innovative working with FCC Environment has resulted in more effective and efficient performance.

Commenting on the prize, Reuse Development Manager at FCC Environment, Steve Bell, said: “FCC Environment is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate. Our bike restoration and reuse scheme with HMP Rochester and Abacus Furniture Project not only sees bikes that would otherwise go to landfill be brought back to life, but helps prisoners gain new skills and improve their chances of gaining employment upon their release. This award recognises the brilliant work of everyone involved.”

Robin Latchem, editor of Materials Recycling World, said: “We were proud to highlight the excellent winners on the night who, together, show how innovative and forward-thinking our industry is. These examples of best practice are a beacon to others who are increasingly realising they have to be smarter in terms of recycling, waste reduction and resource efficiency. And it was clear everyone had a great time.”

Hosted by industry magazine MRW, the awards are a calendar highlight in the waste sector. FCC Environment was nominated for three prizes on the night; Best Energy from Waste (EfW) Initiative for Lincolnshire EfW, Best Partnership Project for its bike reuse scheme with HMP Rochester & Abacus Furniture Project, and Public Service Recycler of the Year for its contract with HMP and YOI Rochester. 

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