Kirklees Council is celebrating as their Recycling and Waste Team have made the shortlist for Best Service Team at this year’s Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards. This is in recognition of the dedication and determination shown by the team to ensure that essential waste collection and cleansing services were delivered throughout 2020, despite the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout 2020 the frontline staff, including the Refuse Collectors and Trade Waste Team, worked together with the office-based staff to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of all waste services while many local authorities had to stand elements of their waste service down.
The APSE awards, a national annual public service award, celebrate excellence in the delivery of frontline services to local communities around the UK. This year there were over 320 submissions from across the UK, with only the very best shortlisted in each category.
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said:
“The last 18 months have been difficult for everyone and especially key workers in our frontline services. Our Waste Team kept all areas of this essential service running smoothly and took on additional duties, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on day-to-day personal and working life.
“It is fantastic that the dedication of our waste team has been recognised on a national level. To be shortlisted out of over 320 entries is a real honour, and I am immensely proud of the huge difference this team of key workers has made to residents, businesses, and communities across the borough.”
The winners will be announced at the APSE Annual Charity Awards Dinner, in aid of Parkinson’s UK, taking place on 9 September in Birmingham.