‘Fab Five' rewarded for recycling effort

Two Teignbridge staff members received awards. Steve Kingdom (left) and Shaun Steer (right).
(Last Updated On: March 13, 2020)

The special contribution of five people from Teignbridge who go the extra mile to make a real difference to waste and recycling in the District was recognised at the seventh ‘Recycle Devon Thank You Awards’.

The special contribution of five people from Teignbridge who go the extra mile to make a real difference to waste and recycling in the District was recognised at the seventh ‘Recycle Devon Thank You Awards’.

Organised by Devon County Council, the Awards highlight the efforts made by individuals, community groups, businesses and recycling staff to maintain Devon’s position as one of the UK’s top recycling counties.

Our picture shows two Teignbridge members of staff who were recognised – Steve Kingdom (pictured left) came top in the Collection Crew/Operative’ category and Shaun Steer (right) was successful in the ‘Recycling Centre Operative/staff’ category.

The efforts of three Teignbridge residents were also recognised. Shani Adams, who was runner-up in the School Recycling Hero Adult category; Katherine Dawson, who received a Recycling Hero commendation; and Margaret Harrow, who was a Recycling Hero runner-up.

In the staff categories, Steve was nominated because of the pride he takes in contributing to a cleaner and tidier Devon and the additional time and effort he spends to ensure recycling skips are emptied and serviced. A Bulking and Recycling centre chargehand, Shaun was singled out for specific praise as through proactive leadership and staff management he ensures the Brunel Road bulking station is kept clear of litter in all weathers and does not pollute the local area.

In the public categories, Shani Adams set up a range of activities including a composting group at lunchtimes at Ilsington School and convinced The Friends to purchase a Hotbox so that cooked food as well as other materials could be composted.

Although not quite 7, Katherine Dawson is already encouraging others to recycle, insisting for example that her father set up a recycling facility at his work and currently collecting cardboard rolls and bits of paper etc. to make her own Christmas crackers too!

Margaret Harrow’s burning desire to make Devon a greener and cleaner place to live leads her to do her utmost to recycle everything possible and is working towards making her family and friends as Eco-friendly and environmentally conscious as possible.

Chairman of the Devon Authorities Strategic Waste Committee, Councillor David Harvey, said: “It’s thanks to the hard work of residents and communities that Devon is one of the top recycling counties in the UK. “These awards celebrate those who have made an extra effort to help keep Devon green and beautiful.”

Councillor Andrew MacGregor said: “It is great to see members of our hard-working team get the recognition they deserve. They do a tremendous job often in dreadful weather conditions and make an important contribution to keeping Teignbridge clean and tidy”.

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