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York Environmental Charity Scoops National Award

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10:51am 23rd November 2010

York’s leading environmental charity, the Friends of St Nicholas Fields, has scooped a national award. 

Project Manager with the charity, John Brierley, won top honours at the 2010 Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence, which recognise and reward good practice in sustainable waste and resource management.

The winners were announced at the Marriott London Grosvenor Square Hotel. The judging panel for the awards included Dr Liz Goodwin, chief executive of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Owen Jenkins, director of CIRIA, John Ingham, environment editor of the Daily Express, and Simon Chapman of the Freight Transport Association.

John Brierley won the award for Community Recycling Champion in recognition of the achievements of the Friends of St Nicholas Fields in developing a low carbon operation combining recycling and waste prevention activities with environmental education programmes for the local community.

Since its establishment in 2004, York Rotters, which is a partnership between Friends of St Nicholas Fields and City of York Council to promote home composting, has trained over 90 volunteers. The group has worked with 54 York Schools, given free advice to over 10,000 York residents and helped to potentially divert 2,200 tonnes of bio-degradeable waste from landfill.

Friends of St Nicholas Fields also run a zero emission kerbside recycling service that has diverted over 2000 tonnes of recyclable waste since 2001. The recycling scheme collects from households using an electric vehicle and load bearing trikes.

Paul Forrest, Projects Coordinator with the Community Recycling Network UK, who nominated John Brierley and the Friends of St Nicholas Fields said:

“John and the team at St Nicks are an inspiration to many others in the community waste sector. They have built up a unique low carbon operation and an excellent partnership with the City of York Council. They are always willing to share their experiences and provide enthusiastic support whenever requested. This award is thoroughly well deserved.”

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