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The search is on for the Ireland’s greenest businesses and groups


Chanelle McCoy launches the fourth annual Pakman Awards
Chanelle McCoy launches the fourth annual Pakman Awards

Does your business have an innovative approach to waste management? Are you a community group that’s introduced a novel recycling programme? Perhaps you’re part of a local organisation that prides itself on its commitment to sustainable resources.

If so, Repak wants to hear from you. The environmental organisation is now inviting entries for its prestigious Pakman Awards. The Pakman Awards are designed to recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups and initiatives in Ireland.

This year’s awards ceremony will take place in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 4, on October 25.

It’s free to enter so make sure to check out the Pakman Awards website if you think that your organisation has an environmental story to tell. Nominations are being accepted until August 31.

Awards will be handed out across 14 categories on the night. One lucky category winner will then be chosen as the Overall Pakman Award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.

The Pakman Awards are now in their fourth year, having been launched by Repak to replace the Repak Recycling Awards. Not only is a great chance to get some much deserved recognition for your organisation’s environmental efforts but it can also help to boost your business’s profile as a green champion.

Customers are increasingly making purchasing decisions based on environmental factors. From avoiding overly-packaged goods in shops to choosing a service provider based on their green policies, more and more customers are making environmentally-conscious business decisions.

Being able to prove your green credentials has never been more important. These awards are a great opportunity to gain a competitive edge over your rivals and earn some invaluable recognition for your business or organisation. For community groups or initiatives, it’s a chance to highlight the great work you’re doing and to inspire others to get involved.

The 14 categories include Battery Champion, Bring Centre of the Year, Business Recycling Champion, Community Recycling Project of the Year, Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative, Food Waste Management, Green Transport of the Year, Innovation in Waste Management, Professional Services Award, Waste Collector of the Year Commercial, Waste Collector of the Year Household, Waste Prevention Business, Waste Recycling Facility of the Year and Tyre Champion.

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Irish businesswoman and star of Dragon’s Den, Chanelle McCoy, alongside Chief Executive of Repak, Seamus Clancy, at the launch

Lidl were just one of the groups to be recognised at last year’s awards, winning the Business Recycling Champion on the night. Their success was a reward for their ongoing efforts to promote recycling across all of their local stores and operations. 

“Lidl were thrilled to be recognised as the Business Recycling Champions at the 2017 Pakman Awards,” a Lidl spokesperson confirmed.

“To be recognised for these achievements and initiatives is a testament to the whole team at Lidl and we would encourage any business, organisation or initiative to enter the Pakman Awards.”

ReCreate Ireland also acknowledged the power of being named a category winner at the Pakman Awards, after picking up a category prize in 2017. They won an award for their work on providing affordable art and educational supplies to the community by salvaging reusable materials for businesses and redistributing them.

“At ReCreate, we are incredibly passionate about ‘Creative Reuse’, and we were delighted to receive such a valuable endorsement in winning the Education and Awareness Initiative award at the 2017 Pakman Awards,” a spokesperson said.

Winners of the Waste Prevention Business Award, SMILE Resource Exchange, picked up their second successive award and pointed to the validation that it offered.

“The SMILE Resource Exchange team were very proud to accept the Pakman Award, for waste prevention in business in 2017, on behalf of the partners who have believed in the programme since its inception in 2010,” a spokesperson said.

“Winning the award for the second time in a row helps in validating the important service that SMILE provides in connecting companies to utilise each other’s resources, creating new businesses opportunities from waste, whilst diverting waste from landfill and increasing the reuse and recycling of materials. We are grateful to Repak for recognising the value of resource exchange and industrial symbiosis in business and to the economy. Winning this award has helped greatly in enhancing the profile and awareness of SMILE amongst businesses.”

If you would like to shine a light on the waste management or recycling work being done by your business or group, this is a great opportunity to get some national recognition and public acknowledgement. It’s easy to enter so log on now and choose the category that best matches your organisation’s area of excellence.

The Pakman Awards recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations and community groups in Ireland. The awards ceremony will take place on October 25 in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin.

Nominations for the awards close at midnight on August 31, 2018. To enter the Pakman Awards 2018, visit the website.

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