2020 Overall Pakman Award Winner
Aldi wins top national environmental award at 2020 Pakman Awards
Aldi has been named the winner of the 2020 Pakman Award at the 6th annual Pakman Awards, powered by Repak. This year, the Pakman Awards took place at a virtual ceremony and were hosted by Repak’s Team Green Ambassador Anna Geary. Special guest, Minister for Environment, Climate Action, Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD was also in attendance.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 on businesses in Ireland, the Plastic Pledge Award was the only Pakman Awards category open for entries this year. The category was open to the 125 Irish businesses who have signed up to Repak’s Plastic Pledge, committing to achieve specific objectives relating to reducing plastic packaging and increasing the recyclability of packaging.
A total of 13 businesses were shortlisted in the category, all of whom had a chance of winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze level award for their work to date in implementing Plastic Pledge commitments.
Overall Pakman Award winner, Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd, alongside Coca Cola HBC Ireland & N.Ireland, Mannok Pack Ltd and Tesco Ireland were all awarded Silver in the Plastic Pledge category. ABP Food Group, Britvic Ireland, Heineken Ireland, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard were awarded Bronze in Plastic Pledge category.*
Aldi was awarded the overall 2020 Pakman Award by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the objectives outlined in the Plastic Pledge, including the removal of 600 tonnes of plastic from packaging, making 820 tonnes of plastic packaging more recyclable and increasing recycled content in their meat trays to 80%.
ALDI STORES IRELAND
Aldi are one of Ireland’s biggest employers and have recently opened their 145th store here. In the past year Aldi has removed, 600 tonnes of plastic from packaging, made 820 tonnes of plastic packaging more recyclable and has increased recycled content in their meat trays to 80%.
COCA COLA HBC IRELAND & N. IRELAND
Coca Cola has a strong heritage in Ireland and has operated here for more than 80 years. Coca Cola have replaced over 200 tonnes of multipack plastic film with their innovative Keelclip™ solution, reduced plastic by over 1000 tonnes through lightweighting and now include an average of 45% recycled content in their plastic bottles.
MANNOK (Formerly Quinn Packaging)
Mannok Pack are one of the UK and Ireland’s leading thermoformed food packaging manufacturers. In the past year Mannok Pack have reduced the weight of plastic trays produced by 1000 tonnes, made over 500 tonnes of black plastic trays detectable for recycling and reduced their energy usage on site by 34%.
TESCO IRELAND LTD
Embedded in communities nationwide, Tesco Ireland operates over 150 stores in cities and towns across Ireland. In the past year Tesco Ireland have introduced 1.5 million plastic free multipacks, moved packaging for 100 products to detectable black plastic trays and removed 399 tonnes of difficult to recycle PVC and PS to alternatives.
ABP FOOD GROUP
ABP FOOD GROUP LTD is one of Irelands leading food processors. They have embraced the five criteria of the plastic pledge, delivering 71% saving on pallet wrap, removing over 33 tonnes and are currently trialling plastic trays with recycled content and have removed PVC from the supply chain eliminating 133 tonnes.
BRTIVIC IRELAND LTD
Britvic Ireland is one of the leading soft drinks companies in Ireland with a brand history that spans over 240 years. In the past year Britvic Ireland have removed 11 million single use plastic cups from their Ballygowan water cooler division, now use 15% less plastic in their 275ml bottles and have made a 100% commitment to Repak’s Team Green.
Heineken Ireland has a proud brewing heritage that began in Cork back in 1856. As part of their Brewing a Better World sustainability plan, Heineken Ireland have reduced their waste by 70% in 2019, removed 1.3m pieces of avoidable plastic from packaging and removed 100% of can rings from their Beamish product.
IRISH DISTLLERS PERNOD RICARD
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is the largest distiller of Irish whiskey in Ireland, employing over 600 people. Irish distillers reuse 72 tonnes through their closed loop packaging systems, have recycled 171 tonnes of plastic in the past year and removed 100% of difficult to recycle PVC from packaging.
Also nominated for awards were
Brown Thomas Arnotts
Danone Ireland Ltd
Lidl Ireland GmbH
National Plastic Packaging Ltd
Suntory Beverage and Food Ireland Ltd
The Plastic Pledge category was judged under five criteria:
- Efforts of the Plastic Pledge’s signatories to prioritise the prevention of plastic packaging waste, minimise avoidable single use packaging and promote packaging reuse where possible.
- Efforts of the signatories to support Ireland in delivering the EU’s Circular Economy Package plastic recycling targets of 50% of all plastic packaging by 2025 and 55% by 2030.
- Efforts to reduce complexity within the plastic packaging supply chain by simplifying polymer usage and eliminating non-recyclable components in all plastic packaging by 2030.
- Efforts to help build a circular economy for used plastic packaging in Ireland and Europe by increasing the use of plastic packaging with a recycled content.
- Efforts to ensure their approach to plastic packaging reduction is aligned to Ireland‘s goal of a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030 as set out in Ireland’s food waste charter.