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.


Meade Potato Scoops Top National Recycling Award at 2016 Pakman Awards

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The Meade Potato Company was named the 2016 Pakman Award winner at the second annual Pakman Awards. The award 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, energy and waste management. Leading the congratulations was Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Mr. Denis Naughten:

The Pakman Award, which has replaced the Repak Member of the Year Award, seeks to recognise complete excellence in the environmental approach taken by a business, organisation or community group in all aspects of their operations. This year, Meade Potato demonstrated best in class practices across a number of green initiatives, including giving practical recycling advice through social media and their website, creating relationships with community food banks to ensure out of spec produce has a market and developing a successful zero food waste management plan.

Among the other winners were ReCreate Ireland, whose practice of providing accessible and affordable art materials and educational supplies in a sustainable way to disadvantaged areas earned them the Community Recycling Project of the Year Award. Aldi Ireland Limited was awarded the Battery Champion Award for their efforts in recycling 31,317kgs of waste batteries in 2015.

Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council picked up The Bring Centre of the Year Award for their efficiency in handling the 7,300 tonnes of waste delivered to them each year. Irish Lamp Recycling Co Ltd won the WEEE Champion Award for its continued dedication to serving their customers whilst employing best environmental practices.

RecycleIT was awarded the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative Award for their work offering a free community recycling collection and drop service, while University College Cork was awarded the Business Recycling Champion of the Year Award.

Rehab Glassco was named Waste Collection Operator of the Year (Small) and Panda was named Waste Collection Operator of the Year (Large). Transdev Dublin Light Rail was awarded the Green Transport of the Year Award.

Allied Irish Bank won the Professional Services Award for their continued efforts in energy efficiency and waste management, and SMILE Resource Exchange took home the Waste Prevention Business Award.

Our 2016 winners

Pakman Award for 2016: Meade Potato

The Battery Champion Award: Aldi Ireland Limited
Sponsored by European Recycling Platform (ERP)

The Bring Centre of the Year Award: Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council
Sponsored by Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA)

Waste Collection Operator of the year (Small): Rehab Glassco
Sponsored by Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA)

The Community Recycling Project of the Year: ReCreate Ireland Sponsored by Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM)

The Food Waste Management Award: Meade Potato Company
Sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

The WEEE Champion Award: Irish Lamp Recycling Co Ltd
Sponsored by WEEE Ireland

The Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative Award: Recycle IT
Sponsored by Repak

The Business Recycling Champion of the Year Award: University College Cork
Sponsored by Repak

The Green Transport of the Year Award: Transdev Dublin Light Rail
Sponsored by AMCS

The Professional Services Award: Allied Irish Bank
Sponsored by Arthur Cox

The Waste Collection Operator of the Year (Large): Panda
Sponsored by Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA)

The Waste Prevention Business Award: SMILE Resource Exchange
Sponsored by Repak