There was a beacon of green light shining over Pontypridd this week as the fourth annual Love Where You Live Awards took place.
The annual Love Where You Live Awards recognise and reward the hardwork and commitment of individuals, groups and businesses in all things green.
For the fourth consecutive year Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has showcased the green-themed work being undertaken in the County Borough on a wide range of environmental projects and rewarded them for their inspiring activities.
Hundreds of residents gathered at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd for the spectacular occasion which featured music from Enviro-Vision 2011 which inspires young people across the County Borough to write and perform songs based around the environment.
Opened by the Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Councillor Doug Williams and Service Director for Streetcare Nigel Wheeler, the awards were compered by BBC Wales’ News presenter, Sian Lloyd and individually sponsored by businesses who are partners or contractors in various environmental schemes with the local authority.
Councillor Williams said: “Recycling and a cleaner environment are one of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s main priorities, and the level of investment made in both the recycling service and streetcare over the past few years has demonstrated this.
“We are continuing to recycle more and more of our waste each week, which once more proves our success story in this field alone, but this can only continue when even more residents consider recycling their household waste.
“There is no excuse not to be able to recycle materials in Rhondda Cynon Taf with a first-class kerbside recycling collection service, a series of Community SORT Centres, pioneering food waste roll-out and more and more items than ever being added to the list of materials that can be recycled.
“Streets are cleaner, although there is still room for improvement and the key is to educate and continually raise awareness amongst residents of the blight that litter brings to the areas where they live. Together we can make Rhondda Cynon Taf a cleaner and greener place in which to live, work or visit.”
Each of the 14 categories recognised a shortlist of entries before announcing the winner. All of the entries had a short video montage compiled of their achievements which were shown to the audience of supporters.
A rock band from Y Pant High School who won the 2011 Enviro Vision Song Quest also attended the event to receive their prize. Each of the runners-up received a framed certificate and the winners were presented with a limited edition Grogg of Rhys Cycle himself.
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View the videos from the awards by clicking on the link for each category below
The winners of the 14 categories for the competition were:
Community Recycling Champion
Winner - Derrick Williams, Glyncoch
Most Innovative Environmental Project
Winner - Horticultural Learning Zone, Llwydcoed
Best School Environmental Initiative
Winner- Cwmaman Infants School, Cwmaman
Best Community Project
Winner – Hope Church, Trecynon, Trecynon
Best Environmental Partnership Initiative
Winner - Taff Trail Re-Cycle Cycle
Local Authority Environmental Champion
Winner - Jeff Evans, Cynon Valley Cleansing Team
Best Environmental Services Team of the Year
Winner - Amgen MRF Supervisors, Llwydcoed
School Environmental Champion (Pupil)
Winner - Jonathan Buplin, Ysgol Ty Coch, Tonteg
School Environmental Champion (Teacher)
Winner - Christopher Myhill, Ysgol Ty Coch, Tonteg
Winner - Pontypridd High – School Re-uniform, Pontypridd
Best Kept Community
Winner - Tre Telynog Environmental Group, Cwmbach
Winner - Alun Maddox, Llwydcoed
Best Poster Design
Winner - Cidney Thompson, Maerdy Junior School
Winners of the Enviro-vision Song Quest 2011
Y Pant Comprehensive
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, congratulated all of the entrants and gave the special Overall Award for remarkable achievement in their environmental work to Pontypridd High School – School Re-uniform Project.
Councillor Andrew Morgan Cabinet Member for Frontline Services said: “Events such as this are incredibly important to us as we encourage more people to understand the importance of recycling and improving the environment, which will hopefully lead to their own families and friends adopting the same enthusiasm to ensure we rapidly reduce the quantity of waste being sent to landfill sites and keep the streets cleaner.
“Together we thank all of this year’s entrants into the Love Where You Live Awards for their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work shown throughout the year.
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