An innovative recycling scheme run on a Westminster estate has won the award for Community Influence at the 2014 Sustainable Housing Awards on 17 October 2014.
The awards are run by the leading trade magazine Inside Housing, and recognise the best sustainable innovations in the social housing sector.
CityWest Homes, which manages Westminster City Council’s housing stock, won the award for a scheme which allowed residents to recycle their leftover cooking oil instead of causing blockages by pouring it down the drains.
The cost of drainage repairs was cut by more than half between 2012 and 2013 as a result of the scheme.
The awards were presented by world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
For this award the judges said: “We really liked the way CityWest Homes tailored its campaign to the community. The project has had a great impact, and is easily measureable and replicable.”
After collecting the award, Peter Armfield, sustainability manager at CityWest Homes, said: “It’s great to have won such a prestigious award for this scheme. We are delighted that we have been recognised with our partners Flow 3 Drains and Wates Living Space for our efforts to help communities in Westminster live in a more sustainable way.
“Raising the profile of cooking oil recycling will hopefully create more schemes across the country as a result.”