The local authorities in with a shot at this year’s Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) 2017 Celebrations Awards have been announced, as this year’s finalists are unveiled

LARAC congratulates all of those who put applications in for the 2017 LARAC Celebration Awards - the standard was so high - and they should all be congratulated for their hard work and ingenuity.  But Awards are a competition so judging had to come into play, and to that end we have come up with the shortlists detailed below.  We wish them all the best of luck and hope that highlighting the creativity of our local authorities and their partners in this way will go some way to giving them the encouragement and pat on the back that they deserve in, let's face it, a difficult world in which to avoid flat-lining recycling rates - but still the ideas keep coming.  We salute you all!

The annual event, which is now in its ninth year, recognises the achievements and hard work of local authority recycling officers and their colleagues over the past 12 months.

With a total of six categories, ranging from Best Communication Campaign of the Year, to LARAC Recycling Champion, local authorities have the chance to come together to celebrate and share ideas and innovations.


Officers from East Ayrshire council, Staffordshire Waste Partnership and Rochdale council have been shortlisted for the individual prize, while organisations among the finalists for best new idea, include Bolton council, North West Cambridge, the Surrey Waste Partnership and the Welsh Local Government Association.

The winners of the LARAC 2017 Awards will be announced on the evening of October 11 – following the first day of the annual LARAC conference.

There are still places available for the LARAC Conference and Celebration Awards, book your place today.

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The 2017 finalists in full:

Best Communication Campaign of the Year

Sponsored by European Recycling Platform

  • A Mountain to Climb, Maldon District Council
  • Community Campaign to Recycle More, East Devon District Council
  • Homes of Multiple Occupancy Recycling Improvement Project, West Sussex County Council
  • Plan Eat Save Campaign, Norfolk County Council

Best New Idea

Sponsored by Suez  

  • Guide Bins for the Blind, Bolton Council
  • North West Cambridge Underground Bin Collections
  • Recycling Search Tool, Surrey County Council on behalf of the Surrey Waste Partnership
  • Waste Benchmarking Portal, Welsh Local Government Association

Best Partnership

Sponsored by Viridor

  • Improving Flat Recycling in North Hertfordshire, North Hertfordshire District Council and North Hertfordshire Homes
  • North West Cambridge Underground Bin Collections
  • Transforming Bins into Water Butts, Bolton Council
  • Working in Partnership, Maldon District Council and SUEZ

Best Team of the Year

Sponsored by Biffa

  • Gloucester City Council
  • Joint Waste Team, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Waste Awareness Team, Durham County Council

Best Waste Minimisation or Prevention Project

Sponsored by REPIC

  • St Mary’s RC Primary School Waste Reduction Project, South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership
  • The Caddy Family – Food Recycling Campaign, Maidstone Borough Council
  • Want Not, Waste Not, Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • WEEE Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Project, South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership

LARAC Recycling Champion

Sponsored by Countrystyle

  • Douglas Gardiner, East Ayrshire Council
  • Kay Cocks, Staffordshire Waste Partnership
  • Nigel Goulding, Rochdale Council