Otter Rotters scoop awards

Otter Rotter recycling collection operative, Rufus Duffin (centre) who won a recycling award, with h

Otter Rotter recycling collection operative, Rufus Duffin (centre) who won a recycling award, with his colleagues Jay Mallon, Paul Bastyan, Dean Mallon and Paul Darlow. Ref mhh 8110-08-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Members of Otter Rotters’ eco-team have been hailed ‘recycling heroes’ after receiving recognition for working against the odds to protect Devon’s environment.

The not-for-profit enterprise has managed to maintain its sustainable waste disposal service, for Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and surrounding areas, after its future was threatened by a change in legislation.

Rufus Duffin, a driver and loader for the Otter Rotters, was named the winner in the ‘collection crew’ category in Recycle Devon’s 2015 Awards, while Mandy Jennings and Diana Hekt were both commended for their hard work and dedication to sustainability.

Mandy, who co-ordinates the group’s work in waste disposal and community projects, was full of praise for her whole team.

“Rufus is a superstar,” said Mandy. “He gives a really warm welcome to any volunteer, especially those who may be feeling a bit nervous.”

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Rufus said he was thrilled to be nominated and never expected to win.

“I’d like to extend my thanks and admiration to all who were present. I’m hoping 2015 will be a productive and inspiring year for everyone.”

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