Herts Sustainable Families Highly Commended

Herts Sustainable Families Recycling & Waste Management Award

WasteAware’s Herts Sustainable Families discount scheme, offered as part of the county’s Waste Partnership has been highly-commended in the Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative category at the prestigious Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management.

The Awards for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management celebrate outstanding achievements and innovative initiatives in the field of recycling and waste management. The recognition of Herts Sustainable Families underscores the council’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

The trio of schemes within the Herts Sustainable Families banner encourage residents to choose reusable items instead of single use products by offering a 15% discount on reusable nappies, sustainable period products and washable incontinence products. Around 2,500 residents have already taken advantage of the scheme, purchasing items from across 19 suppliers, including local companies, major retailers and brand leaders.

Receiving a high commendation recognises the exemplary leadership demonstrated by the WasteAware team and dedication to promoting waste reduction initiatives within Hertfordshire. Through collaborative efforts and community engagement, the initiative has successfully provided free period products to those in financial hardship and engaged in training for 56 teachers on the benefits of sustainable period products, ensuring they included as mainstream options when menstruation is discussed in school. Two further training dates are booked for June.

The success of Herts Sustainable Families campaign highlights the importance of local authority initiatives in driving positive environmental change and promoting sustainable practices amongst residents. By promoting education, awareness, and practical solutions, the initiative has contributed significantly to the county’s efforts to minimise waste and drive reusable options as a standard way of living to protect the environment for future generations.

Hertfordshire Waste Partnership’s Herts Sustainable Families continues to lead by example in promoting recycling and waste management best practices, inspiring communities to embrace sustainability, and making a meaningful impact on the environment.

Cllr Richard Roberts, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council said: ‘We are thrilled to be highly commended in the ‘Best Local Authority Recycling Initiative’ award. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and the support of our community. We are committed to continuing our efforts to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly Hertfordshire.’

Cllr Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for Environment, Hertfordshire County Council said: ‘It’s so good to see the progress being made in this particular area of activity and the success of the team in promoting awareness and benefits of these sustainable products.’

For more information about the Herts Sustainable Families discount, WasteAware and its initiatives, visit www.wasteaware.org.uk/families.

Pictured L-R: Helena Jackson (Hertfordshire County Council), Gemma Paris (Hertsmere Borough Council), Ruth Young (Watford Borough Council) and Claire Nicholls (Stevenage).