Celebrating our Network Award winners 2017

10 February 2017
Celebrating our Network Award winners 2017

The Awards celebrate the achievements of local authorities, businesses and land managers in improving the quality of our public space through campaigns, innovations and partnerships.

In total, nine Awards were handed out for everything from Recycling Campaign of the Year, won by Dorset Waste Partnership, to Local Authority of the Year which this year was won by Durham County Council. Durham also picked up the Environmental Campaign of the Year Award for Operation Stop It!, which has led to a 22% reduction in fly-tipping across the county and saved more than £104,000 in clean-up and disposal costs.

Speaking after the awards, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The work that local authorities and others are doing to improve our environment, in the face of very severe budget constraints, is superb. I would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners for their creativity, innovation and commitment to delivering quality services for their residents. The innovative thinking that local authorities are demonstrating echoes Keep Britain Tidy’s own approach to tackling the issues of litter and waste and to improving public spaces. Our conference is the perfect opportunity to share ideas as well as recognising the hard work that is going on across the country, day in, day out.”

And the winners are ....

Award for Innovation – Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council for delivering waste education and engagement through local landlords and helping to turn a community around with a 83% reduction in reported fly-tipping.

Community Engagement Award (sponsored by The Helping Hand Company) – Ashfield District Council for its "Even Cleaner Streets" initiative, empowering local people to look after their area and resulting in a 45% in litter.

Enforcement Academy Award – Outstanding Achievement – Claire Callan, City of London, for passionately embedding the learning and ethos of the Enforcement Academy into her work.

Environmental Campaign of the Year – Durham County Council for "Operation Stop It!", leading to a 22% reduction in fly-tipping across the county and saving more than £104,000 in clean-up and disposal costs.

Partnership Award – Northumberland County Council for improving their frontline delivery of environmental services through effective partnership working with Town and Parish Councils.

Quality Improvement Award – Douglas Borough Council for sensible improvements to litter bin service, freeing up their staff to deliver other priority tasks.

Recycling Campaign of the Year – Dorset Waste Partnership for "Recycle for Dorset", adopting the best bits of each previous service and their knowledgeable crews to offer a better service for Dorset residents, leading to a reduction in residual waste from 71% to 37%

Team of the Year – "Hounslow Highways", a hard-working, dedicated, conscientious and vigorous team, doing their best for the area despite difficult and changing times.

Local Authority of the Year (sponsored by Johnston Sweepers) – Durham County Council, dedicated to improving, enhancing and protecting their environment, despite financial cuts. This council have developed a range of projects and campaigns to change people's behaviour, including one aimed at students which sent 1.5 tonnes of reusable household items to charity shops instead of landfill.

Congratulations to all our winners and finalists from everybody at Keep Britain Tidy - we will be sharing their inspiring stories over the coming weeks and months.