2019 Overall Pakman Award Winner
Pictured from left to right: Séamus Clancy, CEO of Repak, Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Clodagh Ní Ghoill Uí Mhaoilain, Gerry Mullin, Cathy Ní Ghoill, Daniel O’Connell, Breda O’Donnell, and Lena O’Connell from Athchursail Árann, Eamon O’Cuiv, TD, and Tony Keohane, Chairperson of Repak.
Athchursail Árann Wins 2019 Overall Pakman Award
The Aran Islands Co-op Recycling Project (Athchursail Árann) was awarded the top prize at the 2019 Pakman Awards, the Overall Pakman Award, for its innovative and exceptional work transforming the waste management and recycling infrastructure on the Aran Islands, which have Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) status under the EU Natural Habitats Directive.
The awards ceremony, which took place at the InterContinental Dublin Hotel, saw 400 representatives from leading businesses, organisations and community groups come together to recognise excellence in recycling and waste management. All 14 category winners were automatically put forward for the Overall Pakman Award, won by Athchursail Árann.
Please click here to view the Athchursail Árann 2019 Overall Pakman Award winning entry.
2019 Pakman Awards Category Winners
The Battery Champion Award
The Castletroy College E-Mining@School project had a major emphasis on batteries and sustainability. Lessons on smartphone batteries were threaded across several subjects including technology lessons on how to replace batteries in smartphones which involved doing a smartphone teardown. The WEEE collection event was very successful and resulted in over 11 tonnes of WEEE being collected, of which there was 324 kg of batteries collected.
Please click here to view the Castletroy College Battery Champion Winning entry.
Business Recycling Champion Award
RTÉ was named the winner of this year’s Business Recycling Champion Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox. RTÉ was recognised by the Pakman Awards judging panel for performance across all areas of environmental impact, demonstrating their responsible approach as a national broadcaster and in association with all its stakeholders. They were commended for implementing waste segregation across all its facilities and eliminating unnecessary single use plastics, achieving an over 80% recycling rate and zero to landfill status.
To view the RTÉ Business Recycling Champion winning entry, please click here.
The Community Recycling Initiative Award
The Aran Islands Co-op Recycling Project (Athchursail Árann) is this year celebrating 20 years of a unique rural kerbside project which is reusing and recycling 58.4% of household and commercial waste on the Aran Islands – set up many years before any other similar scheme nationally in urban or rural areas. This project was entirely set up and led by the local community Co-Op based in Kilronan.
Please click here to view the Athchursail Árann Community Recycling Initiative winning entry.
Environmental Education & Awareness Initiative Award
Castletroy College’s teacher-led E-mining@school initiative developed high quality educational materials to raise awareness and engage secondary school students on the importance of recycling e-waste. The innovative project led by eight teachers incorporated sustainability into the curriculum to teach teenagers about urban mining their smartphones for critical raw materials. Through the project, students also became familiar with, and champions of, a Circular Economy, with many actively changing their behaviour, especially in relation to recycling.
To view the Award winning Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative entry from Castletroy College, please click here.
The Food Waste Management Award
BuJo, in Sandymount, specialises in chargrilled burgers using a custom blend of 100% Irish, grass fed beef raised on Irish family farms. The menu is overseen by Culinary Director & Michelin Bib Gourmand Chef Gráinne O’Keefe. BuJo is the only burger focused restaurant in Ireland & the UK to hold a 3 Star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. BuJo was chosen by the judging panel for creating a sustainable menu that eliminates unnecessary packaging waste, introducing 100% compostable packaging, and for its exceptional recycling of 95% of food waste to energy.
Please click here to view the Award winning Food Waste Management entry from BuJo.
Green Transport of the Year Award
Co. Kerry based waste management company, Dillon Waste, won the Green Transport of the Year Award. A family run company, Dillon Waste was selected by the judging panel for introducing an innovative new lifting system for waste collection and a range of other fleet upgrades. This has resulted in increasing the company’s transport efficiency by 33% and has saved significantly on carbon emissions and man hours, including reducing the company’s carbon footprint by a total of 15,000kg carbon emissions a year.
Please click here to view the Award winning Green Transport of the Year entry from Dillon Waste.
The Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Services Award
University College Cork (UCC) won the Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Services award, sponsored by Ibec. UCC, in collaboration with its food service partner KSG, launched the Bio Green Café, Ireland’s first single-use plastic free café. In the first three months of the café’s operation, over 20,000 pieces of single use plastic items were eliminated from use. When choosing a winner of the Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Services award category, the judging panel singled out the café’s initiative, recognising it as a significant stepping stone to achieving UCC’s commitment to becoming a single use plastic free campus by 2023.
As category winner, UCC’s Bio-Green Café will now be considered for entry into the European Business Awards 2020. The university’s sustainability efforts have not only been commended on a national level, but now may also be singled out at a European level in 2020.
Please click here to view the Award winning Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Services entry from UCC.
Plastic Pledge Member of the Year Award
Coca Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland won the inaugural Repak Plastic Pledge Member of the Year category. The new category was open to any of over 90 Repak members who have signed the Plastic Pledge, committing to achieve specific objectives relating to reducing plastic packaging and increasing the recyclability of packaging. Coca Cola topped the category by demonstrating its outstanding commitment to these objectives, including becoming the first water brand in Ireland to introduce 100% recyclable bottles, reducing plastic levels in all bottles by 7.5%, achieving 40% recycled PET integration across its plastic portfolio, and investing significantly in PET recycling facilities.
Please click here to view the Award winning Plastic Pledge Member of the Year entry from Coca Cola HBC.
The Tyre Champion Award
Bray based tyre company, A Plus Service Centre provides a range of motoring services to residents in the locality. The Pakman Awards judging panel singled out A Plus Service Centre for its work supporting Repak ELT in the rollout of the scheme’s various initiatives that have promoted tyre safety and recycling as well as actively disposing of its waste correctly through an accredited waste collection operator.
Please click here to view the Award winning Tyre Champion entry from A Plus Service Centre.
Waste Prevention Business Award
At Hotel Doolin, prevention of food waste is key. The hotel served 294,583 in 2018; therefore prevention, re-use, recycling, recovery and disposal are all key factors in the food waste prevention programme that the hotel’s green team runs. Hotel Doolin was selected by the Pakman Awards judging panel for making a conscious effort to prevent waste from the almost 300,000 meals served to its guests. The boutique hotel has also implemented several sustainability practices that were recognised by the judges as being best in class, including banning the use of single use plastics and using sustainable materials where possible in all rooms.
Please click here to view the Award winning Waste Prevention Business entry from Hotel Doolin.
The Waste Recovery Operator of the Year – Commercial Award
Thorntons Recycling offers its commercial clients a “one stop shop solution” for Waste Management & Recycling Services. With an investment of over €50m in Recycling facilities, all materials are processed to ensure maximum recycling and recovery. Thorntons Recycling was chosen by the judging panel for continuing to play an important role in driving an increase in recycling rates across the Dublin region, through creative recycling initiatives and commercial client education programmes.
The Waste Recovery Operator of the Year – Household Award
Clean Ireland Recycling was chosen by the judging panel for not only leading by example in its own waste management practices, but for also informing the wider community of what they can do to protect Ireland’s environment for future generations. Clean Ireland Recycling has grown to a multi-million-euro enterprise, employing approximately 100 people, operating two waste transfer facilities, and running four customer service centres. Clean Ireland Recycling was chosen as winner for continually driving innovation, including pioneering Ireland’s first CNG fuelled fleet and delivering exemplary customer service.
The Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility of the Year Award
Irish Packaging Recycling (IPR) was awarded the Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility of the Year Award, sponsored by Repak. IPR is the largest recycling operation in Ireland and is part of Beauparc, a diverse group of companies that includes power generation, power sales, resource recovery and recycling. IPR manages over 100,000 tonnes of recycling waste annually and has worked tirelessly over the past twelve months to transform its facilities to recycle more plastics, including investing over €3.2m in new facilities and educating over 250,000 customers on best-practice recycling.
Please click here to view the Award winning Waste Recycling & Recovery Facility of the Year entry from IPR.
The WEEE Champion Award
Recycle IT won the award for WEEE Champion, sponsored by WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is a social enterprise and community-based recycling initiative that offers employment and reduces environmental harm by increasing the recycling of electrical items in communities with social issues. Collection and drop off services are provided to homes, communities, educators, and charities at no charge. Sustainability is built on good relationships, offering excellent service and providing people with real help when recycling. In the last 12 months alone, they have achieved an increase of over 1,000 tonnes of electrical items recycled.
Please click here to view the Award winning WEEE Champion entry from Recycle IT.
2018 Overall Pakman Award Winner
Clean Ireland Recycling Win Overall 2018 Pakman Award
Clean Ireland Recycling was named the Overall Winner at the 4th annual Pakman Awards, recognising excellence in waste management and recycling. The awards saw 400 delegates from leading businesses, organisations and community groups come together at a gala dinner at the InterContinental Hotel. Leading the congratulations was Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources.
Pakman Winners 2018
The Battery Champion Award
With 39 years’ experience in the recycling business, KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. have grown and developed to become Ireland’s industry leader in metal, waste electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE) and battery recovery and recycling. In their role as a super contractor to WEEE Ireland and the preferred WEEE recycler of Irelands leading waste management companies, KMK recycles over 70% of Irelands WEEE volumes each year and offers specialist solutions in B2B (commercial and professional) e-waste management.
The Bring Centre of the Year Award
Mc Elvaney&s Waste & Recycling is a family-run business established in 1985. The recycling centre at Scotch Corner, Co Monaghan operates to strict Quality and Environmental standards based on ISO 9001 & 14001. Environmental and Social responsibility are core values of the business. Conveniently located and easily accessible to the towns of Monaghan, Castleblayney & Ballybay, the site is open six days a week from 9.00am – 5.30pm Mon – Fri and 9.00am to 1.00pm Sat, through lunchtime, to maximize its accessibility. Recycling rates have seen an increase in double digits during the period.
Business Recycling Champion
At Abbott is committed to safeguarding a healthy environment for everyone by reducing the waste impacts of its business. Its 6 manufacturing sites delivered innovative, impactful waste management programmes in 2017/18 and its waste management initiatives aim to protect the planet while improving efficiency, sustainability and reducing costs.
Community Recycling Project of the Year
FoodCloud & FoodCloud Hubs is a social enterprise set up with the aim of addressing the problems of food waste and food poverty and bringing communities together through shared food. We connect businesses with surplus food to charities that can use the food. We believe in always feeding bellies and not bins. We provide the opportunity for businesses and charities to work together to solve the social and environmental problems associated with food waste and food poverty.
Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative Award
Macroom E (a wholly owned subsidiary of Cork County Council) is the sole Irish partner of the award-winning transnational Circular Ocean project. Funded under the ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, Circular Ocean’s communications strategy strives to heighten awareness of the detrimental environmental impacts of the end of life fishing nets and rope while inspiring communities to divert waste fishing gear materials from our oceans and landfills for reuse, recycling and new products. Research includes potential applications in areas such as 3D printing and construction.
Food Waste Management Award
At Tesco, they have no time for waste. As a retailer that’s passionate about selling quality foods, they care about food from farm to fork. The company’s food waste management strategy adheres to the principles of the food waste hierarchy – prevention, re-use, recycling, recovery and disposal. The strategy focuses on minimising food waste in their business in the first instance, maximising the donation of any suitable unsold surplus foods to those in need through an innovative partnership with Irish social enterprise FoodCloud and finally, ensuring any remaining food waste is segregated.
Green Transport of the Year Award
McCulla (Ireland) Ltd is one of the UK & Ireland’s leading temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics companies, serving the UK, all of Ireland and the rest of continental Europe. The Company is proud to be heavily involved in implementing numerous environmentally-beneficial processes and facilities, including investment in renewable energy sources, an efficient fleet, driver training initiatives, and many other activities. In particular, McCulla believes it is the only company in the UK and Ireland to have a totally carbon-neutral cold sore.
Innovation in Waste Management Award
Ennis-based cup manufacturer CupPrint is the first paper cup manufacturer in the world to license the ground-breaking EarthCoating® technology and start producing fully recyclable paper cups under the reCUP™ brand. This has the potential to divert thousands of tonnes of paper cups waste from landfill and many operators in Ireland are already using reCUP™, responding to customer pressure for sustainable alternatives. CupPrint anticipated this demand more than two years ago and made a significant investment in new technology, new production facilities and doubled production capacity in 2018.
Professional Services Award
AIB is a financial services group operating predominantly in the Republic of Ireland. We provide a range of services to retail, business and corporate customers, and hold market-leading positions in key segments in Ireland. As a long established organisation, we recognise the need to be a leader in environmental sustainability, such as our presence touching every community in Ireland. A sustainable bank is technologically advanced, environmentally conscious and socially responsible.
Joe Bonner had noticed illegal dumping and fly-tipping was at epidemic levels in county Meath. Not only was it an eyesore, but it was damaging to the environment. Following further investigation, Joe realised the nearest recycling facility was more than 20 miles away, and the price to hire a skip was unaffordable for many. There was a desperate need for a recycling facility in Ashbourne. With the help of PJ Spillane, Joe hosted the first ever ‘Community Recycling Day’ and 13 years later the events are growing from strength to strength
It may be a small family run tyre outlet in the west of Ireland, it has always been Baillinasloe Tyre Centre’s goal to operate to the highest industry and business standards. Having previously worked in the retail trade, Thom Fox knew the importance of having a customer-focused business when setting up his tyre business 19 years ago.
Winners of the Waste Recovery Operator of the Year – Commercial Award.
One of the largest waste management service providers in Irelands Mid-West; Clean Ireland Recycling has been servicing customers for over 25 years. The Company has grown to a multi-million-euro enterprise employing approximately 100 employees, operating two waste transfer facilities, and four customer service centres. The Company can boast being first in the sector to implement many innovations that have contributed to changing the face of the Irish Waste Management sector, leaving Clean Ireland Recycling standing a leader in its field.
Winners of the Waste Recovery Operator of the Year – Household Award.
AES is proud to enter the Waste Collector of the Year Household category, it prides itself on going the extra mile to meet customer needs and moving forward with investment in plant, people and fleet and innovations including paperless customer engagement. Customer support and education is a key part of AES’s engagement with their Household and Commercial customer base and this will continue in a proactive manner going forward. The commitment of the AES’s teams to serve customers in the recent weather events and to keep in touch with customers is a key part of how AES perform.
Winners of the Waste Prevention Business Award.
Sligo University Hospital (SUH) are passionate about driving waste reduction, waste prevention and implementing real change to promote and support sustainability. SUH Green Campus Committee has successfully undertaken wide-reaching waste reduction initiatives, including the reduction of single-use cups and take-out boxes, promoting the reuse of bulk catering containers and driving lean management across clinical/ non-clinical areas to reduce waste. These initiatives were underpinned in ongoing awareness and education programmes resulting in significant waste reduction and cost savings.
Winners of the Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility of the Year Award.
Forge Hill Recycling Ltd. (FHR) is a household and commercial waste recovery facility, accepting mixed dry recyclables and primarily servicing the South West Region. FHR houses 50 staff and is located in Forge Hill on the south side of Cork City. The FHR recycling and recovery facility processes annually a similar tonnage to the Brisbane City Council MRF -a facility that services an urban area of 2.5 M population. FHR is currently providing a vital connection from the southwest regional recyclables market to waste commodity markets internationally.