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29th July 2011

Recycling success leads to Green Apple Award for TOR2

TOR2 has picked up a prestigious Green Apple Award for improving Torbay’s recycling rate by introducing a new and improved waste and recycling service.

TOR2 competed against 500 other nominations to win an Environmental Award in the 2011 Green Apple Awards, a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities.

The new waste and recycling service, introduced in September 2010, is designed to enable Torbay Council to meet its obligations under new Government and EU recycling and waste legislation. The service is also designed to enable Torbay Council and residents to cut their carbon footprint and help preserve the local environment.

The new system preserves the best parts of the old service, such as assisted collections for all disabled and infirm residents, combined with the convenience of kerbside recycling for all residents.

By April 2011, just eight months after the new service was introduced, Torbay's recycling rate had increased by 9% - from 36% to 45%. This was the target set for the first 12-months of the new service. This represents a 25% improvement in performance and puts Torbay well on the way to achieving the government's national recycling target of 50% in 2012 – a full eight years ahead of schedule. Local residents have embraced the new service and are playing a huge part in the scheme’s success.

The Green Apple Awards are organised by the Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. Judges for the Green Apple Environmental Award are drawn from the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

As a Green Apple Award winner, TOR2’s winning entry will feature in the Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice. The Green Book is published to enable others from around the world to learn from and follow the examples of award winners.

The award will be formally presented at the Green Apple awards ceremony on 14 November 2011 at the House of Commons.