Last Chance to Get Your Entries in for the Pakman Awards
3rd August 2017: Nominations for the third annual Pakman Awards are due to close just weeks from now on Thursday 31st August. The awards, which celebrate excellence in waste management and recycling, will be held on the 26th October 2017 in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 4 with RTE correspondent Claire Byrne taking the role of Master of Ceremonies. Over 400 guests will attend on the night.
Any Irish business, organisation or community group is eligible to enter and submissions will be judged on excellence in waste management practices from January 2016 to January 2017. Previous winners of Pakman Awards include University College Cork, Aldi, Allied Irish Bank, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, The Sandymount Hotel, Sligo Country Council, Lidl, Meade Potato Company, Recreate Ireland and Rehab Glassco.
Not only will this year’s ceremony mark the third year of the awards, it is also the first year of a brand-new category, ‘Innovation in Waste Management’. The winner of this inaugural award will be chosen by a panel led by businesswoman and Dragon’s Den dragon, Chanelle, Lady McCoy.
Pakman judge Chanelle McCoy commented: “I am so delighted to be involved in the Pakman Awards this year and in particular to be judging the Innovation in Waste Management category. I’ll be looking to award those who have demonstrated going the extra mile when it comes to protecting the environment through positive waste management and recycling practices. I encourage everyone to get involved and to give their business or organisation the chance to be recognised for truly making a difference to recycling in Ireland”.
CEO of Repak, Seamus Clancy is hugely positive about the success of the awards to date:
“There is just a month to go until nominations close for the Pakman Awards 2017, and we are thrilled with the entries received so far. The growth and increased success of these awards year on year is a testament to how far we’ve come as a nation in our strong recycling practices and our aim is to continue to spread awareness and secure positive results in this sector. On behalf of all of our sponsors, we are very much looking forward to rewarding those who have made such a strong contribution to recycling and waste management in Ireland.”
Speaking of winning last year’s Overall Pakman Award, Jeni Meade of Meade Potato Company said: “We have always sought ways to conserve our resources, from how we farm our potatoes and carrots to how we pack our fresh produce and handle our waste products. While we do all this regardless because it’s the right thing to do for the environment and the smart way to run a business, winning the Pakman Award has meant that these efforts are acknowledged and rewarded with increased exposure for our company. We operate primarily through private label channels so achieving greater public exposure for our brand by demonstrating our environmental credentials was brilliant”
The 2017 Pakman Awards are proudly sponsored by The Department of Communications, Climate Actions and Environment, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Irish Waste Management Association, WEEE Ireland, The European Recycling Platform, AMCS Resource Technology, Arthur Cox and Repak.
The deadline for nominations for the Pakman Awards 2017 is midnight on August 31st 2017.