Ireland’s National Environmental Awards, The Pakman Awards has announced the businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals shortlisted in its eleven categories. Amongst those shortlisted this year are Repak members Aldi Ireland, Danone Ireland, Tesco Ireland, Bord na Móna Recycling and NPP Group Ltd, as well as community projects by Tinahely Community Area Projects Ltd and initiatives such as IRD Duhallow Furniture REVAMP.
Now in its seventh year, the National Environmental Awards honour companies, individuals, and community initiatives who demonstrate excellence in recycling and waste management. The winners of each Pakman Awards category will be announced at this year’s awards ceremony which takes place on Friday, 29th October in The Shelbourne Hotel, in accordance with government guidelines.
Each category winner is eligible to win the Overall Pakman Award, which celebrates outstanding achievements in recycling and waste management over the last two years.
Finalists this year include Volkswagen Group Ireland (Tyre Champion), RTÉ (Waste Prevention Business Award), Clean Coasts (Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative), Thorntons Recycling (Waste Recovery Operator of the Year – Commercial and Household) and DID Electrical (Battery and WEEE Champion).
Winning a Pakman Award is the most prestigious accolade that can be won in Ireland’s environmental sector. From local community group efforts to improve recycling, to corporate schemes that prioritise prevention of waste and innovation in waste management, the Pakman Awards play an important role in highlighting and acknowledging these achievements.
A new category introduced to the 2021 awards programme is the Online Green Packaging Award. The finalists for the inaugural year of the category are Annie Pooh, Faerly and Pestle & Mortar. The award recognises a producer or retailer of e-commerce packaging that has been innovative in producing sustainable packaging, with an emphasis on reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Commenting on the 2021 Pakman Awards finalists announcement, Repak CEO, Séamus Clancy said: “I am delighted to announce the category finalists of the 2021 Pakman Awards, in a year that sees the return of a full programme after last year’s awards was impacted by Covid-19. The Pakman Award are always evolving, and our categories honour the great work of individuals, communities and organisations across the country.
Despite difficult conditions over the last 18 months, most businesses and organisations have continued to implement exemplary waste management, sustainability, and recycling practices and with both our existing and new categories, we want to highlight these efforts and celebrate their achievements.
The quality and innovation displayed in our entries for 2021 gives me confidence that we are making great strides to protect our environment and plan for a more sustainable future. We look forward to welcoming our finalists to the Pakman Awards evening on Friday, 29 October and hope they inspire others to take action too.”
The finalists for the 2021 Pakman Awards in the Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Service are:
Integrated Materials Solutions
Thorn Environmental Ltd
The 2021 Pakman Awards are proudly sponsored by AMCS, The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Dublin Waste to Energy, Enviroguide Consulting, The Environmental Protection Agency, European Recycling Platform, Irish Waste Management Association, Repak ELT and WEEE Ireland.