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Pakman Awards 2016

The Meade Potato Company was named the 2016 Pakman award winner at the annual Pakman Awards. The award ceremony, which took place at the InterContinental Dublin Hotel, saw 400 representatives from leading businesses, organisation 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 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, leadership and advocacy in all aspects of environmental sustainability from reduction of packaging, water, energy and an amazing community food bank programme. Panda was named Waste Collection Operator of the Year (Large) and Rehab Glassco was named Waste Collection Operator of the Year (Small). Transdev Dublin Light Rail was awarded the Green Transport of the Year Award. 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. University College Cork was awarded the Business Recycling Champion of the Year Award while Recycle IT was awarded the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative Award for their work offering a free community recycling collection and drop service. Allied Irish Bank won the Professional Service Award for their continued efforts in energy efficiency and waste management, and SMILE Resource Exchange took home the Waste Prevention Business Award.

In the first eight months of 2014, on average 37 glass bottles and jars (primarily spirits and wine bottles and cans) were recycled per head of population. In the period from 1 Jan - 31 August 2014, Glassco Recycling facilitated the collection and recycling of over 82,440 tonnes or 263 million individual bottles, jars and cans. The people of Galway were the top recyclers for the third year running, with deposits of 50 bottles or jars for every man, woman and child in the city. Waterford City was the next best at recycling, with an average each of 49 items of glass recycled per person. Tesco Artane in Dublin was the busiest Glassco Recycling collection site, with 277 tonnes of glass deposited there so far this year.

David Farrelly, Glassco Recycling said, “These figures show that there is an increase in glass collected from bottle banks, but also in collections from business – especially the hospitality sector, showing a return to growth for this section of the economy. The theme of this year’s Repak Recycling week is ‘We are all in this together’ and these figures show that recycling is now part of the routine for households and businesses and we are delighted that everybody is playing their part.”

Seamus Clancy from Repak said: “Back in 1997 Ireland was one of the weakest performers in Europe at packaging recycling; Eurostat has now announced that we are now second which is a great achievement. We’re confident that between Repak, our partners our members and consumers we can make it to number one and truly deserve our reputation as the greenest country in Europe.”

Glassco Recycling continues to lead the way in glass recycling in Ireland, providing over 1,800 collection points in 23 local authority areas for use by the public, while also collecting from over 2,800 private customers such as pubs, hotel, restaurants, etc.