Zero Waste Award
Community Recycler of the Year Award comes to Zero Waste Presteigne and Norton
Mark Davies and Wendy Toomey from the Presteigne and Norton Zero Waste Project have just collected the CYLCH 2011 award on behalf of Cwm Harry for Community Recycler of The Year at Llandudno.
The award was voted for by local residents who backed Wendy, Mark and the rest of the Zero Waste team, who would all like to thank the community for their hard work and extra effort since the beginning of the project and also their kind support.
The scheme’s project manager, David Clarke, said, ‘This really shows that the residents of Presteigne and Norton have taken the idea of Zero Waste and the staff into their hearts’.
Jane Davidson – who recently stepped down as Minster for Sustainability in Wales – presented the award to Mark and Wendy, both of the local staff team in Presteigne. In accepting the award Wendy Toomey said “the award is a much appreciated recognition of the hard work of both Cwm Harry and the community; hard work that they have done together. Our approach of ‘Slow Recycling’, where we invest in people and not in expensive trucks, really works.”
‘Slow Recycling’ has allowed Presteigne to achieve an 11% reduction in the total waste generated and a recycling rate of 74%. This meets the Welsh Government’s 2025 target after just 18 months of operation in the town. Funded by the Welsh Government and Powys County Council, the pilot project is now working with the communities to achieve an 80% recycling rate.
Whilst going slowly means collecting from just 250 homes a day it does mean that the local staff have the opportunity to talk with their residents and support them to in recycling and reducing waste. Cwm Harry collects and sorts on the kerbside 15 material streams to a very high quality and therefore this material can command maximum value.
The ‘waste’ has been made visible through the introduction of clear refuse bags and the value of recycling is demonstrated via a community dividend that returns the value of the recycled materials to local community groups.
Town Councillor Colin Kirkby who represents the community of Presteigne and Norton and is Chair of the Advisory Board said, “We are delighted that Cwm Harry has won this prestigious award for their work here. Their Zero Waste Service is making us think differently about waste, so that it is becoming the norm not only to recycle but to avoid creating waste in the first place. ”
Cllr Ken Harris who is PCC’s portfolio holder for Waste and Sustainability added ‘Cllr Ken Harris, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “I’m delighted that Cwm Harry Land Trust has won the Community Recycler of the Year award. The Zero Waste Presteigne and Norton Project is a credit to Powys and we’re pleased that their efforts, and the efforts of the local community, have been recognised with this award.
“We have been pleased to support this innovative project, which is a great example of partnership working between ourselves and Cwm Harry, and we are keen to evaluate its benefits and costs to see if parts of the project can be incorporated more generally into our collection service.”