One day left to enter national environmental awards

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Pictured from left at the launch of the 2021 Pakman Awards were Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment, Ossian Smyth TD, and Repak CEO, Séamus Clancy.g Pic:naoise Culhane-no fee

Individuals, businesses, community groups and organisations in Galway are being encouraged to enter the Repak’s national environmental awards before tomorrow’s closing date (Friday, 27 August).

Now in its seventh year, the Pakman Awards honour those which have demonstrated excellence in waste management and recycling practices.

The Pakman Awards are free to enter, and small organisations and individuals are as likely to win an award as large multinationals.

There have been two winners from Galway in previous years – Athchursail Arann and Galway City Council.

This year, category entrants are invited to submit examples of their environmental efforts from the past two years, rather than 12 months.

This year will also see the launch of a brand-new category: the Online Green Packaging Award.

Commenting on the 2021 Pakman Awards, CEO of Repak Séamus Clancy said that over the past six years, several businesses and community groups from the west of Ireland have been recognised for their sustainability efforts.

“In 2019, Athchursail Arann, not only won the Community Recycling Initiative category, but also won the Overall Pakman Award. Despite difficult conditions, most businesses and organisations have continued to implement exemplary waste management, sustainability, and recycling practices and we want to highlight these efforts,” said Séamus Clancy.

“A Pakman Award is one of the highest environmental accolades any organisation can win, and the perfect way to demonstrate and publicise your organisations’ sustainability achievements.

“From recycling practices to waste collection operators, there is a category for everyone committed to protecting the environment for future generations.”

This Award is open to producers and retailers of e-commerce packaging, recognising innovation in sustainable packaging with an emphasis on reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The significant increase in online shopping as a result of Covid-19 restrictions has given online sellers an opportunity to produce eco-friendly sustainable packaging that demonstrates CO2 reduction impacts across the supply chain.

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