Dublin businesses announced as finalists for 2023 Pakman Awards

by Gazette Reporter
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Repak has announced that the Co. Dublin businesses, Swords Pavillions, DAA, Recycle IT, Regional Waste Planning Office, Thorntons Recycling, Panda, and Enva, have been shortlisted for the 2023 Pakman Awards.

The Pakman Awards are Ireland’s leading national environmental awards which recognise and celebrate excellence in recycling and waste management across businesses, organisations and community groups. This year’s awards will also see a new individual category, ESG Leader, announced on the night.

Swords Pavillions and the DAA have been nominated for the Business Recycling Champion Award. Swords Pavilions has a number of sustainability initiatives in place to minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring efficiency, as well as actively promoting recycling amongst customers, tenants, and suppliers.

Recycle IT has been nominated for the Communications Recycling Initiative, the Regional Waste Planning Office has been nominated for the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative, and Enva has been nominated for The Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility Award. Recycle IT is a South Dublin recycling initiative designed to manage mattresses at the end of their life, increase the recovery and recycling of components and reduce the number disposed of. Since 2001, the initiative has recovered 2,400 mattresses for component reuse and saved 96,000kg of mattress waste.

The Regional Waste Planning Office developed a programme which works to embed food waste separation as a social norm nationwide. The programme has normalised food waste separation and has created awareness about Ireland’s growing bioeconomy.

Enva is Ireland’s largest waste oil collection company which collects, treats and recovers oil, providing an environmentally sustainable solution.

Thorntons Recycling and Panda have both been nominated for Waste Recovery Operator – Commercial and Household Award. Thorntons Recycling provides advanced facilities and pioneering education programmes. These key components highlight its commitment to sustainability, waste reduction, and recycling excellence. 

Panda provides waste management solutions to over 18,000 commercial customers and 300,000 residential customers nationwide. Panda improved the waste collection of materials from customers using electric and CNG trucks throughout 2022, as well as upgrading its MRF with solar to generate renewable energy onsite. Both companies demonstrate a clear dedication to investing and implementing more sustainable ways of working.

Others shortlisted entries this year include Harp Renewables, Refurbed, and Bord na Móna Recycling. Community projects by The Killarney Park & The Ross and The Positive Ability Network have also been shortlisted.

The Pakman Awards are in their ninth year and are recognised as one of the most prestigious accolades in the environment sector, celebrating those who demonstrate and lead the way in their commitments to sustainability and environmental efforts. This year will see twelve winners announced at a ceremony taking place on Thursday 26th October 2023 at The Shelbourne Hotel.

Each category winner is eligible to win the Overall Pakman Award, which celebrates outstanding achievements in recycling and waste management over the last year. Last year’s Overall Pakman Award was won by Limerick Polymers Production for its best-in-class waste recovery facility and efforts to create a truly circular economy for plastic packaging.

Further finalists include Sean McManus Tyres (Tyre Champion), Refillz Zero Waste (Waste Prevention Award) and Enrich (Innovation in Waste Resource Products or Service).

Another highlight of this year’s awards will see three charities or community organisations, each nominated by an attendee who has a ticket assigned to them and pulled from a charity draw on the night, receive a €1,000 donation each.

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