Pub operator JD Wetherspoon has won the High Street Recycling Champion Award for a scheme that sees delivery lorries returning recyclable waste from pubs to its central distribution centre.
The recycling initiative across the group's 670 pubs annually recycles 29,000 tonnes of mixed glass, 2,800 tonnes of cardboard, 4,000 tonnes of plastic bottles and 1,000 tonnes of used cooking oil, according to award organisers Letsrecycle.com.
ark English, purchasing and distribution manager at Wetherspoon, said: "We are delighted to have won the award and it is highlights our commitment to recycling at both pub and company level."
Joan Ruddock, recycling minister, praised the pub operator for its "high degree of innovation, imagination and enthusiasm".
Wetherspoon also operates a delivery vehicle that runs on bio-diesel originating from oil used to cook fish and chips in its pubs.
It has 95 vehicles operating from its central distribution centre in Daventry, Northamptonshire, plans to convert more to bio-diesel.
By Christopher Walton