Entry process

We have 18 categories available for entry this year, each with their own set of criteria and key questions for you to complete. Please look at our full list of categories here and decide which ones you will be entering this year. There is no limit to the number of entries you can complete.

Entries should be submitted online prior to the entry deadline which is Friday 24 June 2022 .

Entry criteria

  • All entrants must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland, except for entrants for the Wastebuild Award, and the initiative/product/project entered must have been completed or available within the 12-month period prior to the entry deadline.
  • Entry is free, and you may enter more than one category if relevant. Please note if entering more than one category that entries must be tailored for each category, ensuring that all the criteria are met.
  • The judges/organisers reserve the right to move entries to another category if they feel the entry stands a better chance of winning or being shortlisted in the category to which it is moved.
  • The organisers reserve the right to sub-divide categories depending on the range of entries. E
  • ntrants giving false or misleading information will be excluded from the competition. If an award is given and it is subsequently found that information submitted is materially false or misleading, then the organisers reserve the right to remove the award.

Top entry tips

  • Think about your narrative. Make sure you explain where you sit in the sector, put yourself in context of the bigger picture. Explain the journey you have been on. What was the challenge you were solving? What is the background to it? How did you try to solve it? What impact did your solution have?
  • Evidence is key. The judges need to be able to evaluate how successful you have been. How have you measured success? How does it compare to what is standard or what you did previously? Gather evidence and feedback from others too, for example, customers or others in the supply chain to strengthen your case.
  • How you write your entry is important. Put all the key information in the entry form itself, make sure it is clear and well explained. Use layman’s terms. Don’t forget to check for any typos or errors before submitting.

Entry instructions

  • Read and understand what the award is for, what the judges are looking for, and what the criteria are before completing the entry form.Ensure your entry form clearly answers all the criteria.
  • Highlight what makes your entry different to what others are doing and demonstrate how effective it has been.
  • The summary is what the judges read first – this should explain what you did, why you did it, how you did it and what the measurable impact was. The judges will respond better to clear factual presentations than PR hype.
  • Write using clear and simple language that can be understood by a layperson.
  • Make sure you always provide evidence for any claims you make. Eg if you say recycling rates have increased, provide the figures for before and after the initiative. Provide the hard data, not just percentage changes.
  • Entries will be judged by the written submissions only. Ensure your main entry form includes all your key information.
  • Supporting information should only be attached to enhance an application, for example, to add visuals. Attachments must be fully explained and referenced in the main application.
  • Don’t rush your entry: find out what information is needed, gather it, write the entry, check it for errors, ask someone else to read through it, then upload it.

Start your entry today!