re3 scoops top design and technology award at Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management14 May 2018 16:35
re3 partnership was awarded the ‘Best use of design and technology in a waste management facility’ at the prestigious Let’s Recycle’s 2018 Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management gala event, held in London. The panel of judges recognised re3 for its efforts to increase the amount of waste that is reused, recycled and composted, especially noting the recent investment to the Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Reading, that enhanced its plastic recycling capability.
At the beginning of this year, re3 seamlessly completed the enhancement to the Smallmead Material Recycling Facility which resulted in widening the range of items accepted from the kerbside, including plastic pots, tubs and trays in addition to the previously collected materials. The investment included an upgrade to the MRF facility that allows it to sort the new materials cost effectively and to a very high standard, in the same way as the other materials that re3 is currently recycling.
Cllr Dorothy Hayes MBE, Bracknell Forest’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board says: “We are thrilled with this award, the whole industry acknowledged the service and facility we offer to residents and complimented our efforts in fighting plastic pollution. We are very proud to have an award winning facility, a great staff that is always at hand to help our residents and plenty of initiatives that helping us further reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfill.”
Cllr Liz Terry, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods commented “This award is a testament to our efforts in delivering a great service to the residents, despite challenging financial circumstances. The recent development to recycle more plastic items such as pots, tubs and trays could not be better timed. We really hope that residents will continue using this opportunity and join the industry efforts in increasing the amount of plastic we recycle.”
Cllr Norman Jorgensen, Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, added: “We are delighted with this award, it shows that the entire waste industry has recognised and praised the enhancements led by the re3 Councils and undertaken by FCC Environment to improve recycling for our residents, especially plastic materials.”