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Press Release: Repak Launches the 5th Annual Pakman Awards

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A quarter of the Irish public don’t know what measures Irish companies are taking to protect the environment

Repak research reveals Ireland’s attitudes to the sustainability efforts of organisations

  • Almost three quarters (72%) make a conscious choice to only shop or engage with Irish companies who are contributing to protecting the environment
  • Despite a quarter not knowing what Irish companies are doing to protect the environment, 99% feel that businesses in Ireland have a responsibility to be eco-conscious
  • A third (33%) don’t know what measures organisations in Ireland are taking to reduce the impact of climate change
  • Yet 99% feel Irish companies have a responsibility to play a role in reducing the impact of climate change

Today June 5th, is World Environment Day and across the globe, people are being called upon to demonstrate that they are committed to a sustainable environment. While the Irish public are being encouraged to make an individual effort, almost all (99%) feel that organisations across Ireland also have a responsibility to protect the environment for future generations. That’s according to the findings of a new research study by Repak*.

According to the Repak research, a whopping 96% of those polled would be more inclined to shop or engage with a company who had been rewarded for tackling climate change. This news comes as the 2019 Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, launches its search to find environmental champions who are shaping Ireland’s future.

Now in its fifth year, the Pakman Awards recognises excellence in sustainability, recycling and efforts to reduce climate change. Organisations, businesses, community groups and individuals in Ireland are all eligible to enter. Entering the 2019 Pakman Awards are free, and nominations will close at midnight on 31st August 2019. For more information, visit

Getting down to business about the environment and climate change

With Dáil Eireann declaring a climate change and biodiversity emergency in recent weeks, perhaps it’s no surprise that reducing the effects of climate change is top of the agenda when it comes to what the public think are the responsibilities that companies in Ireland should have. Despite all (99%) feeling that all organisations have a responsibility to take measures to reduce climate change and over half (55%) knowing measures that some companies take, a third (33%) don’t know of any.

The Pakman Awards not only seeks to find but celebrate those who are championing a sustainable future in Ireland and educate others about their environmental excellence so that they too, can lead by example.

Five years of Pakman Awards

Over the past four years, the Pakman Awards have rewarded recycling excellence and innovation in waste management, shining a spotlight on leaders within Ireland’s environmental sector and this year sees the launch of two new categories:

The Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Services Award sponsored by Ibec. Those shortlisted in this category will be considered for entry into the 2020 European Business Awards for the Environment. Not only will the finalists be singled out for their outstanding contribution to environmental protection at a national level, but they could potentially represent Ireland at Europe’s premier celebration of sustainable businesses.

The Plastic Pledge Member of the Year Award sponsored by Repak. This category is open to any of Repak’s Members who have signed Repak’s Plastic Pledge on Packaging Waste, which launched in September 2018. Entrants will show a commitment to minimising avoidable use packaging and promoting packaging reuse where possible and a support to Ireland in delivering future plastic recycling targets of 55% by 2030, as set out by the European Commission.

Séamus Clancy, CEO of Repak, commented on the launch of the 2019 Pakman Awards:

‘A Pakman Award is an excellent way for any business, organisation or community group to demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable future for Ireland. From food waste to green transport, there is a category for everyone who is making a difference. The findings of our study show that 99% of consumers are willing make a conscious choice to only shop with companies who are contributing to protecting the environment, and a Pakman Award is a perfect opportunity to highlight those contributions.’

The 2019 Pakman Awards will be held on the 24th October 2019 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin and as of today, nominations are officially open. Find out more information or submit an entry into the 2019 Pakman Awards, visit





*refers to a research study of 745 Irish adults, conducted in June 2019.


Category Sponsor
Battery Champion European Recycling Platform
Business Recycling Champion Arthur Cox
Community Recycling Project of the Year Enviroguide
Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE )
Food Waste Management Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Green Transport of the Year AMCS
Innovation in Waste Resource Product or Service Ibec
Waste Recovery Operator of the Year Commercial IWMA
Waste Recovery Operator of the Year Household IWMA
Waste Prevention Business Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM)
Waste Recycling Facility of the Year Repak
Tyre Champion Repak ELT
Plastic Pledge Member of the Year Repak



How to Write an Award-Winning Pakman Entry, with Lidl Ireland

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Lidl Ireland entered the Pakman Awards in 2017, selecting Business Recycling Champion as the category of choice. Headed up by Logistics Projects Manager, Hugh MacAfee and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Deirdre Ryan, Lidl’s commitment to sustainability and the environment can be observed through the exemplary award submission that saw them picking up a trophy last October 26th at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin.

The Business Recycling Champion award is open to any organisation or group within the business sector that exhibits and demonstrate leadership in managing and recycling their company’s waste. The Champion should be able to show passion and best practice examples to drive and sustain recycling with a zero waste concept.

Further requirements for the Business Recycling Champion category include providing evidence to support the following details;

  • Improvements on your waste management scheme
  • Recycling, re-use and waste minimisations
  • Increased recycling tonnages (figures to demonstrate this)
  • How initiatives were implemented
  • Involvement of staff or consumers

From the off, Lidl’s entry demonstrated commitment to the following environmental targets: decreasing overall waste arising’s by 10% by 2020, increase the tonnage of batteries collected from consumers by 20% by 2020, achieve zero waste to landfill in 2017, redistribute 1 million meals in surplus food by 2020, carry out a carbon footprint analysis of the organisation, including all waste streams.

Lidl’s entry went into further detail explaining the strategy, objectives and results of these initiatives, underneath the following headings.

  • Collaborations
  • Zero Waste to Landfill
  • Recycling, re-use and waste minimisations
  • General Waste
  • Food /Organic Waste
  • Food Cloud
  • Dry Mixed Recycling (DMR), Cardboard and plastic
  • Batteries
  • Reusable Pallets
  • Employee Engagement
  • Consumer Engagement

Lidl’s Pakman entry contained 1400 words, with text taking up three pages and images taking up a further two pages.

From engaging with stakeholders and employees to launching its new website,, Lidl’s commitment to a sustainable future is exhibited not only throughout its outstanding entry, but in its every day operations and communications.

Pakman Awards Launch 2018

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Leading Irish businesswoman Chanelle, Lady McCoy, alongside Chief Executive of Repak, Seamus Clancy, today launched the call for entries for the 4th annual Pakman Awards. The Pakman Awards is now in its fourth year and seeks to find and celebrate Ireland’s recycling and waste management champions in 2018.

Lady McCoy will once again lead the Pakman judging panel to select a winner for the ‘Innovation in Waste Management’ award. Chanelle’s extensive experience as an entrepreneur and successful business owner makes her a natural choice to judge this category again this year.

The Pakman Awards recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations and community groups in Ireland. The awards ceremony will take place on the 25th of October in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin. Nominations for the awards close at midnight on August 31st 2018. To enter the Pakman Awards 2018, visit

Speaking at the launch of the 2018 Pakman Awards, Chanelle, Lady McCoy said:

“I am delighted to be re-joining the judging panel for the Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, for a second year.  The Pakman Awards provide a great opportunity for any business, no matter the size, to stake a claim and be recognised as one of Ireland’s recycling and waste champions. A Pakman Award allows nominees to diversify themselves from competition, enhance their reputation, and ultimately, demonstrate that they are committed to a sustainable environment – not because they should be, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

Seamus Clancy, Chief Executive of Repak, also commented:

“A Pakman Award is an excellent way for any business to demonstrate its green credentials and is a significant accolade for any organisation. More than ever, the environment and sustainability are being discussed at all levels around the world. A Pakman Award shows leadership within this area and demonstrates to your customers, clients and colleagues that you are committed to a sustainable future for Ireland.

It’s fantastic to have Chanelle on-board as a judge once again this year, as a champion of waste management within business, she’s a fantastic ambassador for the Pakman Awards.”

The 2018 Pakman Awards are free to enter and are proudly sponsored by The Department of Communications, Climate Actions and Environment, The Environmental Protection Agency, Arthur Cox, The Irish Waste Management Association, WEEE Ireland, Repak ELT, The European Recycling Platform and Repak.


Last Chance to Get Your Entries in for the Pakman Awards

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Dragon’s Den star Chanelle McCoy pictured at the launch of the Pakman Awards, 2017

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.