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Repak’s Pakman Awards Call For Entries Ahead Of 10th Year

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Repak’s Pakman Awards Call For Entries Ahead Of 10th Year

Repak today announced the launch of the 2024 Pakman Awards, Ireland’s National Environment Awards, now in their tenth year.

In the past decade, these awards have honoured best practices and achievements in recycling and waste management.

The awards honour businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals across Ireland.

New Categories

This year, Repak is introducing two new categories: Best Deposit Return Initiative and Best Single-Use Plastic Initiative.

The Best Deposit Return Initiative category celebrates the achievements of deposit return initiatives implemented across the country following the introduction of the national Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in February.

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Supported by the SUP Directive, the Best Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Initiative award recognises best-in-class business-to-consumer reuse systems.

Last year saw the introduction of the first individual Pakman Award, the ESG Leader, which was won by Sian Young from Britvic.

Young won based on her individual contributions to recycling and waste management.

The Killarney Park and the Ross hotels won the Overall Pakman Award, as they helped promote Killarney to a circular economy.

They did this by making Killarney the first town in Ireland to phase out single-use coffee cups.

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Repak has invited applicants to submit examples of their environmental achievements from the past 12 months to https://pakmanawards.repak.ie/.

Winners will be announced at this year’s ceremony, which will take place at the Shelbourne Hotel on 24 October 2024.

‘Remarkable Efforts’

Speaking about the awards, the Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement, eGovernment, Communications and the Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth TD, said, “The awards are pivotal in recognising and celebrating how those achievements are benefitting wider society with their hard work to transform how we manage our resources, and showcase the best-practice recycling methods, paving the way for others to follow.”

The chief executive of Repak, Zoë Kavanagh, added, “We invite all businesses, organisations, individuals and community groups to enter this year’s awards and share their progress in creating a more sustainable Ireland.

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“Over the past decade, we have received thousands of applications from organisations dedicated to promoting best practices in recycling.

“Their achievements and innovative approaches have continually impressed us.

“We eagerly anticipate this year’s entries and look forward to showcasing the remarkable efforts of businesses, community groups, and individuals across the country.”

For more information, visit https://pakmanawards.repak.ie/.

Read More: Repak Announces Largest-Ever Nationwide Recycling Audit

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