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Annual awards are a chance to nominate Devon's recycling heroes

Devon residents and communities are once again being called on to nominate their unsung recycling heroes, whose efforts have helped the county remain one of the greenest in the UK.

The Sixth Recycle Devon Thank You Awards will be held on Friday 22 March 2019. Nominations for the eight categories, including those for schools, businesses, and community groups, can be submitted on the Recycle Devon website from 17 October to 30 November 2018.

Every year the awards go from strength to strength with more than 60 nominations for the 2018 awards.

The Thank You Awards are organised by the Recycle Devon team, and were first launched to recognise those people who do that bit extra to help ensure Devon remains clean and green.

At last count 54 per cent of the total rubbish collected or taken to recycling centres in Devon that could otherwise have been disposed of, was recycled.

There will be a public vote after shortlisting to nominate ‘Your Overall Recycling Hero’, which will be featured on the Recycle Devon Website. There will be prizes and recognition for all shortlisted nominees. 

Do you know someone who makes a real effort to reduce, reuse and recycle? Perhaps a neighbour, friend, someone from a community group, or even a member of your local collection crew or staff from your local recycling centre.

It could also be a local school or college student, teacher, helper or member of the support staff. Please get in touch.


If you would like to nominate someone, please fill in the quick nomination form at https://www.recycledevon.org/recycling-heroes – they deserve it!

Vice Chairman of the DASWC, Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee, Councillor Andrea Davis said:

“It’s no accident that Devon is one of the top recycling counties in the UK. It’s down to the hard work of residents and communities who want to keep Devon green and beautiful and who care for the environment.

“These awards celebrate and recognise those who have done that little bit extra. So if you know someone who perhaps has come up with new and innovative ways to reduce waste or done that bit extra, please let us know and nominate them.”

Nicky Bowman, Waste Manager Officer at Devon County Council, said: “Last time we had over 60 nominations and we’re hoping to receive even more this year. It’s such a pleasure to hear about the amazing, inspiring people in Devon and all the hard work they do.”


The categories are:  

Your Recycling Hero – this could be a friend, family member, neighbour or local champion
School Recycling Hero – three categories – child or adult as well as class/group
Community Group recycling hero
Collection Crew/Operative - recycling, garden, food, or refuse collector
Recycling Centre Operative staff
Small Business Champion

Nominations need to be in by 30th November. There will be an awards ceremony for all the shortlisted nominations in March which will be hosted by Heart Breakfast Radio DJ’s, Matt and Victoria.

For further information or to nominate, please see the www.recycledevon.org website, or post your entry to: The Recycle Devon Team, c/o Devon County Council, Waste Management, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QD