Greenwich trio are country’s best recycling crew


A team of two women and one man were crowned the country’s best recycling collection crew at an awards ceremony.

Greenwich’s Kerbside waste collectors Gemma Wilson and Kristy Pavitt along with HGV driver Daniel Theuma scooped The Collection Crew of the Year Award in the Awards for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management national competition run by

The trio were nominated for the award by the council.

Judges were impressed by the track record of the crew, which missed only 0.04 per cent of 312,000 kerbside bins in 2017. The team also notched up a one per cent rejection rate, due to contamination from non-recyclable material, for the 1619.82 tonnes collected during this year.

Gemma and Kristy had won praise from residents for their support with assisted collections and for the careful way they ensured bins are returned to properties.

Left to right, Kristy, Daniel and Gemma

The duo also worked hard to identify and safely remove any items from bins which would contaminate recyclable items.

Driver Daniel was also praised for his work to reduce his lorry’s fuel consumption and emissions as well as his dedication to enhance his driving qualifications. The crew were honoured at a awards ceremony held at the Landmark Hotel in Central London on May 10.

Steve Eminton, the Editor of, said: “The standard of entries this year – our 15th Awards for Excellence celebration – was outstanding.

“We congratulate Greenwich council Recycling Team, they deserve great praise for their achievements.”

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Gemma, Kristy and Daniel have won this well deserved recognition for their high quality and dedicated work.

“We have high standards for all our 15 crews and we are hugely proud of their work but this team exceeded both our service standards and the expectations of residents. The crew are also highly vigilant in cleaning up any spillages from waste collections which has supported our street cleansing work. We are proud that 35 percent of household waste across the borough is now recycled and we are committed to our ongoing work to increase this.”

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