Entering the Awards – Entries are now Closed for 2019

A Pakman Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation, company, community, group or individual in Ireland can achieve.

The Pakman Awards are divided into 14 categories and are free to enter. The winners from each category are then nominated for the overall Pakman Award. A panel of judges will pick a winner based on their outstanding contribution and they will be crowned the winner of the Overall Pakman Award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.

Previous winners of the Overall Pakman Award are: Clean Ireland Recycling (2018), Raidió Teilifís Éireann (2017), Meade Potato Company (2016) Allied Irish Bank (2015)

Simply read the award’s criteria and click on the below categories to enter via the submission form.  The closing date for entries has been extended to Monday, 9th September, 2019 and the shortlist will be announced in late September 2019.

Clean Ireland Recycling were named the Overall Winner at the 4th annual Pakman Awards in 2018, 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.

Battery Champion

This award is open to a business (retail or non), community organisation, school or individual that can demonstrate the extra steps they have taken to increase waste battery take-back for recycling and increase awareness of the need to recycle this waste stream. 

Please include the following details in your application: 

  • Short summary of business, organisation or profile of person
  • Initiatives to increase take back of waste batteries for recycling
  • Increased recycling volumes as a result of the initiative (evidence to demonstrate this)
  • Involvement of staff and/or consumers or other stakeholders
  • Management of take-back/waste before collection
  • Demonstrate service to the community 
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Business Recycling Champion

This award is open to an organisation or group within the business and professional services sector who exhibit 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.

Please include the following details in your application: 

  • Summary of the organisation that is applying
  • Sustainable business practices that have been initiated
  • Improvements in your waste management scheme
  • Increased recycling tonnages (figures to demonstrate this)
  • How initiatives were implemented
  • Involvement of staff or consumers
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Community Recycling Initiative of the Year

This award is open to community groups, initiatives or those in a partnership with their Local Authority such as Bring Bank sites, who are involved in community recycling projects. Applicants need to demonstrate how they have raised awareness in their communities via ventures such as composting, re-use, recycling, waste minimisation, educational talks and other recycling projects. If you feel your recycling project has enriched your community and is a contender for this prestigious award – please submit an application.

Please include the following details in your application:

  • A short summary of the community group
  • Description of the recycling project
  • How the environmental related project was implemented
  • Effects of recycling project on your community
  • Marketing and Communications to promote the initiative
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Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative

The objective of this award is to promote an initiative that encourages and stimulates “outside the box” ideas that increase recycling and resource waste management. It is open to any individual, community group, school, NGO, company etc., to enter. Adjudicators will be looking for the uniqueness of the initiative, its scope, targets and its effects.

Please include the following details in your application:

  • Short summary of the individual, community group, NGO etc.
  • How the project was implemented
  • Scope of initiative
  • Positive effects it has had on the community
  • Increased results in recycling and waste management
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Food Waste Management

Even though food waste is very easily recycled, the current recycling rate in Ireland is very low – 10%. We would like to hear from anyone that generates food waste, such as pubs, supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, canteens in office buildings, colleges etc. Applicants must produce more than 50kg of food waste per week and give a detailed description of how their food waste is recycled and managed. Judges will be looking out for a proactive company/organisation within the industry who are doing their utmost to fulfil their responsibilities under the Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations 2009.
 Please include the following details in your application:

  • How your food waste is recycled
  • Management of the food waste
  • Recycling and waste minismisation
  • How you are fulfilling your obligations
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Green Transport of the Year

Transportation is a major contributor to global climate change. The winner of this award will have clearly demonstrated the following: CO2 emissions saved, developments in fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions controls and any long-term goals such as changing from fossil-based fuel to other replacements such as renewable energy. This award is open to all organisations in logistics and transport in both the private and public sectors. We want to hear from you if you are passionate about sustainable transport and what your company has done to demonstrate this. 

Please include the following details in your application: 

  • Sustainability of operations
  • What the company has achieved so far
  • Future plans/targets
  • Reductions in CO2 emissions
  • Fuel changes
  • Staff involvement
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Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Service

Those shortlisted in this category will be considered for entry into the 2020 European Business Awards for the Environment.

This category is open to any business, organisation, community group or initiative that has successfully placed a new product or service on the market that makes an outstanding contribution to environmental protection and sustainability.

The product or service must meet the needs of consumers while making more efficient use of natural resources and/or minimising the use of hazardous substances, emissions of waste and pollutants over the product life.

Entries to this new category should showcase:

  • Innovation: Substantial innovation in the product or service must bring improvements in environmental performance over comparable alternatives, whilst at least maintaining functional performance.
  • Environmental benefit: Clear and quantified analysis must demonstrate increased resource efficiency and reduced environmental impact over the complete life-cycle of the product or service (e.g through Life Cycle Analysis LCA or the European Ecolabel or a label of an equivalent nature).
  • Social benefit: The product or service must meet the needs of consumers and bring wider social benefits (e.g. by providing decent working conditions, safeguarding consumer health, improving quality of life, etc.).
  • Economic benefit: Proof must be given that the new product or service is economically viable (e.g. through sales performance data or credible sales projections).
  • Commitment: Senior management must be clearly committed to the development and marketing of the product or service, and must show its importance with regard to the organisation’s overall strategy.
  • Replication potential: There must be clear potential for wider adoption of the innovative aspects of the product or service, and a willingness to share this knowledge and expertise with other organisations.
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Plastic Pledge Member of the Year

This category is open to any Repak Member who has signed Ireland’s Pledge on Plastic Packaging Waste.

Entrants to this category will demonstrate evidence of projects already implemented that align to the objectives of the Pledge and clearly demonstrate how the objectives of the Pledge have been or are being implemented across the business or organisation in terms of packaging design to:

  • Prioritise the prevention of plastic packaging waste by minimising avoidable use packaging and promoting packaging reuse where possible.
  • Support Ireland to deliver the Circular Economy Package plastic recycling targets of 50% of all plastics by 2025 and 55% of all plastic packaging by 2030, as set by the European Commission.
  • Reduce complexity within the plastic packaging supply chain by simplifying polymer usage and eliminating non-recyclable components in all plastic packaging by 2030.
  • Help to build a circular economy for used plastic packaging in Ireland and Europe by increasing the use of plastic packaging with a recycled content.
  • 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.

Entrants should also show documentation of clear project data in relation to the Pledge objectives alongside evidence of education to support staff and / or consumers.

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Tyre Champion

The Member is fully compliant with all legal and membership obligations and has demonstrated a high level of partnership and participation in the Repak ELT compliance scheme.

The submission demonstrates that the business is committed to having excellence in managing all waste that arises in the course of doing business. Such waste would include waste tyres, office waste (e.g. packaging and paper) and outlet waste including battery and WEEE (e.g. waste oils and paint).

The business has engaged in the dissemination of information to the public about end of life tyre management and their participation in Repak ELT’s compliance scheme.

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Waste Recovery Operator of the Year - Commercial

This award is open to any Recovery Operator who holds a current Waste Collection Permit and a Facility Permit, and who can demonstrate processing capabilities for commercial waste. The following waste material types are included: packaging, food, waste electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE), batteries, end of life vehicles, end of life tyres, hazardous and municipal solid waste (MSW). Entrants must demonstrate a first class service to customers through collection systems, communication and education/awareness programmes. Innovative initiatives in delivering higher levels of customer service and recycling should be demonstrated.

Please include the following details in your application:

  • Summary of the waste collection system/processing capabilities
  • Communication process with customers
  • Customer education and awareness
  • Demonstrate innovative initiatives in customer service and recycling.
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Waste Prevention Business Award

This award will be presented to a Business, Local Authority or Organisation, who can demonstrate the steps that have been taken in trying to prevent waste and use resources efficiently. Entrants will need to display the significant impact that their initiative has achieved and how it was accomplished. Applicants should show how waste prevention was communicated throughout the Organisation, be it through the implementation of campaigns, education and/or awareness schemes. 

Please include the following details in your application: 

  • Demonstrate leadership on how to reduce waste
  • How initiative was achieved
  • How it was communicated throughout the organisation
  • Evidence of commitment given and cost savings achieved
  • Results of the initiative
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Waste Recovery Operator of the Year - Household

This award is open to any Recovery Operator who hold a current Waste Collection Permit and a Facility Permit and who can demonstrate processing capabilities for household waste. The following waste material types are included: packaging, mixed dry recyclables, food, hazardous and municipal solid waste (MSW). Entrants must demonstrate a first class service to customers through collection systems, communication and education/awareness programmes. Innovative initiatives in delivering higher levels of customer service and recycling should be demonstrated.

Please include the following details in your application:

  • Summary of the waste collection system/processing capabilities
  • Communication process with customers
  • Customer education and awareness
  • Demonstrate innovative initiatives in customer service and recycling
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Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility of the Year

The judging panel would like hear from applicants that can demonstrate their recycling and recovery capability. This category is open to all Local Authorities or Environmental Protection Agency permitted or licensed facilities that receive waste material for recycling or recovery. Included, but not limited to material recycling facilities (MRFs), manufacturing facilities that use recycled material, composting facilities, WEEE recycling, remanufacturing facilities, solid recovered fuel (SRF) and refuse derived fuel (SRF) facilities, car recycling/recovery facilities, that contribute to the recycling and recovery of waste in Ireland.

Please include the following details in your application:

  • Summary of the waste recycling/recovery facility
  • List of materials accepted/recycled/recovered/produced
  • Quality improvement advance in past two years
  • Processing/manufacturing capabilities
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WEEE Champion

This award is open to a business (retail or non), community organisation, school or individual that can demonstrate the extra steps they have taken to increase electrical take-back for recycling and increase awareness of the need to recycle this waste stream.

Please include the following details in your application:

  • Short summary of business, organisation or profile of person
  • Initiatives to increase take back of electrical items for recycling
  • Increased recycling volumes as a result of the initiative (evidence to demonstrate this)
  • Involvement of staff and/or consumers or other stakeholders
  • Management of take-back/waste before collection
  • Demonstrate service to the community
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