County council wins recycling award

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Northumberland County Council has won national recognition for its use of an innovative scheme to re-use resources.

It has reached the final in the sustainability/corporate social responsibility category of the National Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15. It has been recognised for using the WARPit (waste action reuse portal).

This online resource provides a network organisations to give, loan or share resources such as office furniture legally and conveniently internally and with other organisations

Local authorities often have to dispose of surplus resources because a new owner cannot be found quickly and easily. Items may be hoarded in case they might be needed later but this can lead to space being wasted and the stored unused resources can become obsolete.

The WARPit tool allows significant savings to be made on purchasing and waste disposal costs, as well as avoiding landfill and carbon emissions.

Voluntary organisations in Northumberland can access WARPit free of charge via Northumberland County Council. It is the second time the council has been recognised for the WARPIT initiative in a national awards competition. Last November it won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Procurement in the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPA) awards.

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council said: “This is a fantastic recognition of progress and achievement for our procurement activity, especially given the record level of competition from across the UK for these Awards.

“The WARPit portal not only ensures we act in a sustainable manner, but to encourage growth and development with organisations in Northumberland. It also allows the council to make efficient use of resources with procedures in place for unwanted items.”

The National GO Awards 2014/15 will be held on 19 March in Birmingham. Since 2002, the Awards have been the benchmark by which progress in the procurement sector has been measured.

Grahame Steed, Lead Judge, and National GO Awards 2014/15 said: “This year’s submissions into the National GO Awards demonstrated the incredible breadth and depth of activity, innovation and commitment across the sector. The judging panel were impressed by the desire of all shapes and sizes of organisation to make positive change to their approach to procurement.”

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