Poole-based waste and recycling charity Win on Waste has rewarded local recyclers in their Recycling Awards, which have returned for the first time since 2019.
After nominations from the public in seven categories, trophies were given to local individuals and businesses who go the extra mile in recycling and sustainability across the BCP and Dorset Council areas.
The judging panel was impressed by the range of sustainable activities being undertaken in the local area, all with the goal of reducing and reusing waste. They were particularly pleased that the two young recyclers in the Under 17 category were so willing to contribute their time in their local areas.
The awards were handed out by Mayor of Poole, Cllr Jo Clements.
Among those recognised was Oly Rush from Project Planet (https://projectplanet.earth/), who was named the winner in the ‘Adult Recycler’ and ‘Number One Recycler’ categories. Oly works tirelessly to raise awareness of the prevalence of ocean plastics and undertakes landmark ocean swims, such as his latest project, a circumnavigation swim around the Island of Ithaca.
The evening was also a double celebration for Win on Waste, as they celebrated their 10th Birthday – Win on Waste has been running community-based projects since 2013 and the return of the Recycling Awards marked the finale of a year of celebrations, which saw them raise over £16,000 in funding, welcome 4000 local households to their services and deal with 5 tonnes of common household waste.
A team of recyclers from a private/statutory/voluntary organisation (where its main business is recycling) – Weymouth & Portland Marine Litter Project (W), Circular11 (RU)
A team of recycling volunteers (a group of individuals who come together to recycle) – Verwoodians on Waste (W), Cards for Sudan at St Michael’s Church (RU), Highly Commended: Bournemouth Recycle, Colehill Kindness and Recycling Group, Swish It, Sturminster Marshall Evening WI
The No 1 recycler (a person who has really gone the extra mile) – Oly Rush (W), Sharon Valler (RU)
Young recycler (age 17 and under) – Oliver Merritt, Hali from Life with Hali (Joint Winners)
A private/statutory/voluntary organisation whose employees recycle (but not where its main business is recycling) – Tesco Ferndown (W), Upton Tea Rooms (RU)
School or college – Yarrells School (W), Ocean Academy (RU)
Dorset-based waste and recycling charity Win on Waste is looking forward to brining one of its waste collection sessions back to The Spire in Poole High Street.
Taking place on Saturday 21st October, 10.30-11.30, this session will welcome local people to bring along a range of hard-to-recycle items – such as Pringles Tube, Dental waste and corks – and these will be diverted to raise funds for local and national charities.
Win on Waste’s Business Manager, Stacey Woods, said ‘We’re thrilled to be able to relaunch this – our 10th session – at The Spire. This is especially meaningful for us as we are celebrating our 10th birthday as a charity this month’.
She continued ‘As a small charity, almost all of our work is carried out by local volunteers and we appreciate their efforts in getting another session underway. We will need a strong team of volunteers to continue running this session at The Spire, so would love to hear from people who might have a few hours each month to give back to their community and the local environment’.
Win on Waste acts for the protection and preservation of the environment by encouraging and empowering local people to learn about the origins of their household waste and how to reduce their impact on the planet.
We advance the education of the public about all aspects of waste generation and recycling by highlighting waste reduction and recycling initiatives and, where household waste cannot be avoided, we help by redirecting common waste items towards charities and organisations that can use them for their own projects or fundraising.
We’ll be running all of our sessions in September, and we’re also able to give you advance notice that we will be launching a new session in Poole in October. Join us at The Spire on Saturday 21st October – details to follow!
In September we will be at:
Christchurch, Druitt Hall – 10.00-11.30
Hamworthy Library – 10.00-12.30
Merley, Lantern Church Hub – 10.15-11.30
Ashley Road, Co-op –10.30-12.00
Lytchett Matravers Scout Hut – 10.00-11.30
Wimborne Methodist Church Hall – 10.30-12.00
Corfe Mullen, St Nicholas’ Church – 10.30-11.30
Oakdale Library – 10.30-11.30
Kinson Library – 10.30-11.30
Don’t forget, Upton Library is kindly hosting some collection bins for us – please do drop in when the library is open to find out more.
Check the posters below for the details of what is collected at each session:
This grant will support our work across East Dorset, both in our current Win on Waste sessions and in launching a new session in central Poole later in the year, allowing us to remove more waste plastic from local landfill and recycling provision and redirect it to charities and organisations that can benefit from it.
The Environment Fund supports charitable and community activities across the region that have a positive impact on the local environment. The fund is part of the Wessex Water Foundation which provides dedicated funding for projects across the Wessex Water region every year.