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AfOR Annual Awards - The Winners 2011
The 15th AfOR Annual Awards for 2011 was held in the evening of Thursday 10th February.  An audience of 230 industry representatives were subject to the fine dining, entertainment and examples of outstanding success stories from the organics waste sector.

The AfOR team would like to further congratulate the hard work which all the finalists had put in over the last year and hope that this continues over the remainder of 2011.
 
The winners and runners up were as follows.
Jim Ballance Compost Marketing Award Sponsored by
 
Winner: Vital Earth. The judges said that marketing was a primary activity for this company and not something they had bolted on. They demonstrated success in a competitive market place which is very quality driven.

Highly commended:  Isle of Anglesey county council and Acer Marketing Communications. This was deemed to be a good example of a local authority marketing soil conditioner to its residents. The template developed for use by other councils also demonstrated a wider benefit.
Local Authority Partnership Award – Sponsored by
The judges said that this was a very close decision but Oldham was picked because this was seen as something innovative which other local authorities and retailers could replicate.

Winner: Oldham council and Co-op. The judges thought that was a very interesting partnership which tackled a problem which much of industry was struggling with – contamination – and that it was something which could be adopted by others. The compostable bags produced by the Co-op also had a clear design which made it clear how they could be reused and composted.
 
Highly commended: Oxfordshire Waste Partnership and Agrivert. This entry ticked a lot of boxes. The judges praised the joint working approach of the six Oxfordshire local authorities and also the tailored solution that Agrivert provided. The proximity principle was also followed.
 
Innovation in Technology and Machinery Award – Sponsored by
 
Winner: Compost Manager. The judges said that the potential impact of this technology for industry was huge and it took all the guess work out of composting. They said that it had the potential to create a ‘cultural change’ in composting sites by turning them into production facilities.
 
Highly commended: Envar Ltd. This was deemed to be an innovative piece of research kit, with the potential to optimise composting processes.
 
Bio-waste Site Manager Award – Sponsored by
This category was very close. Both finalists showed a great amount of enthusiasm and dedication to their jobs.

Winner: Steve Harman, Operations Manager at Eco Sustainable Solutions Ltd. The judges thought that Steve’s recognition of the importance of Health and Safety, which culminated in an AfOR H&S day, showed that he was aware of an important issue facing the industry and one which needed to be flagged up. He was also commended for managing  up to 40 staff over multiple sites.
 
Highly commendedAdy Coman, site manager at TEG’s in-vessel composting plant near Norwich. Ady was thought to show huge commitment to his particular site and his positive attitude and community engagement was singled out for praise.
 
Food Waste Recycling Award – Sponsored by
Due to the high standard of entries in this category, the judges wanted to highly commend two.
 
Winner: Adelie with WasteSolve: Adelie were commended for putting a lot of thought into how their waste was managed including waste minimisation. Their training and marketing was very thorough and their efforts had a big impact.
 
Highly commended: Bionova and Nailcote Hall Hotel. The judges thought that this demonstrated how organics recycling and energy recovery could be successfully incorporated into a high-class hotel business and had the potential to counteract some of the stigma surrounding the practice.

Highly commended: Tidy Planet/Salford University/Aramark. This was thought to be a very good example of a relatively low-cost, integrated solution to dealing with organic university waste. The judges were particularly impressed with the reduction in bins achieved and the increase in dry recycling as a result.

Sustainable Production Award – Sponsored by
 
Winner: Devon Waste Management Ltd. The proximity principle was observed here which reduced road mileage and the company was praised by the judges for its sustainable approach.

The judges stressed that this was not a shred and spread operation and was fully permitted, but that the model is under significant threat due to changes in the permitting system.

Highly commended: Vital Earth. This company was praised for displacing peat compost with a peat-free alternative and for taking steps to limit noise, odour and light pollution.

 

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