The second annual Pakman Awards took place on October 27th, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin’s Ballsbridge. The awards were a black -tie affair with James Bond Casino Royal theme.
The awards ceremony saw 400 representatives come together to reward excellence in recycling, energy and waste management. Attendees on the night included the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Denis Naughten, and RTE presenter Claire Byrne who presented the awards for the second year running. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception followed by a four course meal. On hand to provide cocktails was a Jameson Irish Distillers, who had a mini-bar present throughout the evening.
Meade Potato was awarded the Overall 2016 Pakman Award for its proactive sustainability efforts, and its efficient channeling of food waste also earned it the Food Waste Champion Award. Other winners included Aldi, Allied Irish Bank, Panda, SMILE Resource Exchange, University College Cork, Recreate Ireland, Glassco and Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council.
The Pakman Awards raised €4,000 for charity, with 2016’s recipient of the donation being Focus Ireland. €10 from each ticket sold was donated to the homeless charity and a cheque was presented to its Corporate Fundraising Manager, Eimear Kellett, by the Minister Denis Naughten and Chairman of Repak, Tony Keohane.