First set up in 2010, the scheme has been updated to reflect businesses that aspire to “move waste up the hierarchy” and increase the amount of waste they prevent, reuse and recycle.

The scheme is launched by Environment Media Group (EMG), parent company of, and represents a community of 500 likeminded businesses.

Previous winners include the NHS, ITV studios, Santander Canary Wharf, Diageo and Network rail.

The Zero Waste Awards aim to provide a platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing and access to expert advice, provided by sector-specific scheme partners

These hand-picked partners include packaging waste experts Wastepack  and outsourced resource management provider and consultancy Reconomy.

Nathan Gray, head of sustainability at Reconomy, said: “Reconomy is delighted to be partnering with the Zero Waste Awards and helping to recognise those businesses that have made great progress toward zero waste as part of their sustainability strategy. Resource management has such an important role in the overall context of reducing carbon emissions and as we build back from the impact of the pandemic”.


The scheme is split into eight sector categories ranging from hospitality to healthcare and construction. This will enable entrants to measure themselves again comparable businesses in the same industry.

To enter, businesses can visit and complete the free entry form. Winners will be recognised at a celebration and networking ceremony in July 2021.

For a quick, two minute health check on waste and recycling credentials, businesses can complete the ‘Zerowasteometer’, which is created by scheme partner Reconomy.

The scheme is non-competitive and entries are accepted throughout the year.

The overall aim of the scheme is to build a community of likeminded businesses and provide a platform for them to collaborate to reduce their environmental impact.

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