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4th January 2012

Improved performance leads to accolade for recycling officer

Torbayís improved recycling performance has contributed to another accolade for Carol Arthur, the councilís recycling officer.

Carol has been named Recycling Officer of the Year by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee. She also picked up her eighth successive Green Apple Award in 2011, for co-ordinating a successful Go Green on the Green family fun day in Paignton.

TOR2 also picked up a Green Apple Award in 2011 for the new recycling service it has introduced across the Bay, which has resulted in a significant improvement in recycling performance. The recycling service was further enhanced in December 2011 with the addition of an extended material range including more plastic items, drinks cartons, cooking oil, ink cartridges, cell batteries, car batteries, spectacles, cooking oil and mobile phones.

When Carol joined Torbay Council in 1998, the Bay's recycling rate stood at just 6%. It now stands at 45%, thanks largely to the improved waste and recycling collection service delivered by TOR2.

Steve Bryant, TOR2's refuse and recycling manager, nominated Carol for the LARAC award. Praising her relentless commitment, enthusiasm and dedication, he said: "She has played a key role in helping TOR2 roll out the improved collection system which, in turn, has had such a positive impact on the Bay's recycling rate."

Carol said: "While I am, of course, delighted personally at picking up these awards, the success of the work I do with the support of my colleagues is down to the residents of Torbay.

"In recent years our residents have increasingly realised the environmental and financial importance of recycling. It is thanks to them that we continue to improve our recycling rate, with the aim, hopefully, of reaching the Government's 50% target within the next year or so."

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