Now it is NINE Green Apple Awards

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A TVO partner has received two more Green Apple Awards in 2012, bringing the total it has won in the past three years to no fewer than nine Green Apple Awards.

The Green Apple Awards are organised by the Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environmental group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The Green Organisation is supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Municipal Journal and several other professional bodies. The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and many organisations have followed the examples of environmental best practice demonstrated by Green Apple Award winners.

The latest two Green Apple Awards for May Gurney are for its approach to a water mains rehabilitation project in Devon, and for an Environmental Services Fund it has set up.

The first award recognised efforts to minimise disruption to the water vole population during the renewal of a water main beneath the River Tale at Talaton in East Devon. The project was carried out under May Gurney’s Clean Water Mains Rehabilitation Contract with South West Water.

The second 2012 Green Apple Award was for the May Gurney Environmental Services Fund which has been set up to encourage people to recycle more and to support local communities in Norfolk.

Working in conjunction with Norfolk County Council, May Gurney operates 19 Recycling Centres across Norfolk. At six of the centres there are Reuse Shops where items that are still in good, useable condition, are offered for resale rather than being sent to landfill.

A proportion of the money taken at the Reuse Shops is then donated in the form of grants, of up to £500, to local community groups and good causes. Any local community group or project can apply for a grant but priority is given to projects that have an element of recycling attached to them. The scheme is believed to be the only one of its type in the country, and in the two years it has been running grants totalling £10,000 have been awarded to 20 local good causes and community groups.

The 2012 Green Apple Awards will be presented at a ceremony in the House of Commons on 12 November.

29 October 2012