We are delighted to announce that our recycling efforts have been recognised by a national award scheme.
Just Clear is a finalist in the category of the recycling excellence SME organisation at The MRW National Recycling Awards 2019. The awards will take place on 27 June 2019 at a prestigious event at London Hilton Park Lane. More than 700 key players in the recycling industry are expected to attend.
The rewards recognise recycling efforts and initiatives carried out in the public, private and third sectors. Other award categories include campaign of the year, recycled product of the year, food waste and health and safety initiatives. The judges include Margaret Bates, the professor of sustainable waste management at the University of Northampton, and Claire Shrewsbury, the head of government and communities at the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Just Clear is recognised in the B2B and B2C market for its low-carbon, zero-to-landfill policy. The company works in circular economy partnerships with social enterprises and charities such as the British Heart Foundation, Crisis and Cruse Bereavement to recycle goods and furniture, ensuring that nothing goes to waste.
Brendan O’Shea, Just Clear’s founder and managing director, said: “From the get-go, our company has incorporated strong social and environmental principles. As one of the UK’s leading house and office clearance companies, ensuring our services work to keep everything out of landfill is our ethos. We view waste as a commodity, rather than junk.
“National recognition of the work we’ve done to promote recycling is gratifying. However, what is more important is that such awards promote and encourage campaigns and initiatives that benefit the environment and, ultimately, society.”
UK’s recycling targets
Recycling targets for packaging in the UK by 2020 include:
- 75 % paper
- 80 % glass
- 85 % steel
- 57 % plastic.
The UK recycling rate for waste from households is 45.7 percent (in 2017), an increase from 45.2 percent in 2016. There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 percent of household waste by 2020.
Of all the countries in the UK, England is responsible for 85 percent of the UK’s total waste. Wales has the best recycling rate—57.6 percent, with Scotland at the lowest at 43.5 percent. Northern Ireland’s recycling rate increased by three percent in 2017, thanks to the introduction of mandatory food waste collection.