The first ever Red Rose Recycling Awards brought together recycling groups from around the county at a special ceremony held at The Barn, Cuerden near Bamber Bridge.
The awards, organised by Lancashire Community Recycling Network and sponsored by Lancashire County Developments Ltd and the recycling industry, are designed to recognise the social and environmental contribution made by voluntary groups to improving the county's quality of life.
Overall winner was Dolphinholme Village Hall with St Mark's Church Committee which also won the category "Best Community Recycling Project". The committee has raised more than £1,000 for work on the hall by recycling paper, cardboard, spectacles, batteries, aluminium foil, ink cartridges, mobile telephones, stamps and plastic bottles. Their green ways were rewarded with a £500 prize, sponsored by Sita.
The socially useful side of recycling was also recognised in the winners of the Best Community Re-use Project, sponsored by European Metals Recycling, and the winners of the Best Community Waste Minimisation Project, sponsored by Lancashire County Developments Ltd.
The Recycling Forum for Lancaster, Morecambe and Lune Valley was awarded £500 for Best Community Waste Minimisation Project. Their work involved the production of a recycling directory to steer people in the direction of recycling facilities for lesser known items such as spectacles and batteries, as well as the usual paper and glass.
Refurb, a social enterprise working in the Fylde and Wyre, won the £500 prize for Best Community Re-use Project for their work in collecting unwanted furniture, white goods, soft furnishings and paint and redistributing them to people in need.
The Open Door Recycling Project based in Colne also received a Highly Commended award.
County Councillor Niki Penney, Chairman of Lancashire County Developments Ltd, said:
"Encouraging people to recycle is really important. These awards have highlighted some outstanding community projects and I am sure the examples set will inspire other local groups to start their own projects.
"At LCDL we believe in encouraging social enterprise and want to help make Lancashire a place where people can work and prosper while enjoying a high quality environment. Keeping the quality of that environment high for our descendants means thinking about reducing rubbish now - recycling is the way forward to make this a reality."