Pakman Awards Winner 2017
The Pakman Awards seek to recognise complete excellence in the environmental approach taken by a business, organisation or community group in all aspects of their operations.
This year, the Pakman Awards judging panel was looking for measurable impacts across all elements of the waste hierarchy. This included reuse, reduction, recycling and waste minimisation alongside environmental management of food, water, energy and biodiversity. 2017 saw the highest number entries ever for the Pakman Awards which is a great achievement and testimony to the work of Repak.
Among the winners were LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice which campaigned for people to recycle batteries by showing them that in doing so, they are truly making a difference to the hospice. You will find the full list of award winners below.
Pakman Awards 2017 Winners List:
- The Pakman Award 2017, sponsored by Repak: Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) Overall Winner.
- Community Recycling Project of the Year Award 2017, sponsored by WEEE Ireland: Recycle IT
- Waste Collection Operator of the Year 2017, sponsored by the Irish Waste Management Association: Thorntons Recycling
- Waste Prevention Business of the Year 2017, sponsored by the EPA: Macroom E – Smile Resource Exchange
- Waste Collector of The Year Household 2017, sponsored by IWMA: Clean Ireland Recycling
- Waste Collection Operator of the Year Commercial Award 2017, sponsored by the Irish Waste Management Association: Thorntons Recycling
- Professional Services Award 2017, sponsored by Arthur Cox: Raidió Teilifís Éireann
- Innovation in Waste Management 2017, sponsored by Repak: Waste Matters Ireland
- Green Transport of the Year Award 2017 sponsored by AMCS: Matthews Coach Hire Ltd
- Food Waste Management Award 2017 sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment: Sligo University Hospital
- Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative 2017 sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management Ireland: ReCreate
- Business Recycling Champion 2017, sponsored by Repak: Lidl Ireland GmbH
- The Bring Centre of the Year 2017, sponsored by the Irish Waste Management Association: Galway City Council
- The Battery Champion Award sponsored by European Recycling Platform: LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice
Awards Night Dublin, 26th October 2016:
Recycle IT were named winner of the Community Recycling Project of the Year Award 2017, sponsored by WEEE Ireland. The awards ceremony, which took place at the InterContinental Dublin Hotel, saw over 400 representatives from leading businesses, organisations and community groups come together to recognise excellence in recycling, energy and waste management.
On the evening, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Mr. Denis Naughten: spoke about the Repak Pakman Award and the waste management sector saying “Your initiative in hosting these awards and the support of your sponsors is recognised by me as Minister and by this Government.
By honouring those organisations and leaders that go over and above their regulatory obligations to strive for excellence in the management of waste and recycling, you are playing a key part in the step change that is happening in our society.
The need to be smart with the resources we use is becoming more and more understood across the wider economy. This has been reflected in the breadth and number of companies, organisations and individuals vying to be recognised for their efforts here this evening and rightly so. Our environment is complex and it is fragile. To survive in the twenty first century we must move-on from the model we have inherited from the industrial revolution. The challenge is not just to change what we do; it is to reimagine how we think. We must reconfigure our economic model from one based on consumption to one based on efficiency. It is the efficiency of our economy that will determine the sustainability of our production and of our planet. Every one of us, in every community across the country, in every country across the world, has a role to play. No one can be done without”.
Repak is a not for profit, for purpose company, established in 1997. Repak was created by Ireland’s recycling industry to help companies meet their legal obligation with packaging legislation.
Repak has over 2,200 members who are producers of packaging who places more than 10 tonnes of packaging onto the Irish market with a turnover of €1 million in the calendar year.
Repak’s fees are based on a pay-as-you-produce basis i.e. the more packaging placed on the market by a producer, the higher their fee. The fees paid to Repak by its members are used to subsidise the collection and recovery of waste packaging through registered recovery operators (the people who come and collect your rubbish for sorting and separation) across Ireland, so that the individual member companies are exempt from this requirement.
Companies in Ireland can join Repak, self-comply themselves or avoid the law altogether. Repak is approved under license by the Government to operate as a compliance scheme for packaging recycling. Since Repak was set up in 1997 packaging recycling and recovery in Ireland has grown from a very low base, under 15% to over 91% in 2016. Ireland is now one of the leading recycling countries in the EU for packaging recycling.
Repak has recycling targets set out by the Department for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment and the EU and has achieved and surpassed these year on year since its establishment.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is a friendly, needs driven recycler, recycling all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment. Collections are offered to homes, communities, educators and charities at no charge. Community engagement is achieved in many ways including building good relationships, offering door to door collections and providing people with real help in lifting and moving equipment. Recycle IT engage young and old, charities and business and encourage reduce, reuse and recycle with the message reinforced through flyers, community events, workshops, newsletters, regular blog posts and recognition.