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Council waste contract shortlisted for innovation award

The Right2Work team

A council contract which is helping to transform the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people has been shortlisted for a national innovation award.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) works with the social enterprise Right2Work to collect unwanted furniture and household goods.

Last year Kendal-based Right2Work diverted more than 120 tonnes of waste away from landfill by recycling it and helping local people who are disabled or disadvantaged to embrace new skills and gain confidence.

The contract has earned SLDC a nomination for this year’s Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Innovation Awards and a place in the finals.

Councillor Dyan Jones, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We are delighted that the successful partnership between the council and Right2Work has been recognised in this way and shortlisted for a national award.

“This an innovative service which helps residents to dispose of items they no longer want, helps those with learning difficulties to gain valuable work skills and helps to reduce the impact on the environment.”

SLDC has been selected as a finalist in the Street Scene category of this year’s APSE Innovation Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 18 October.