TWO Kildare-based businesses have been shortlisted for a national environmental award with AES in Newbridge and Barretstown House in Ballymore both up for the 2019 Pakman Awards.
Now in its fifth year, the national environmental awards celebrate sustainability champions who are putting innovative recycling and waste management practices into place across Ireland.
The winners will be announced at the 2019 Pakman Awards which take place this Thursday, 24 October, in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin.
Not only will AES and Barretstown be in the running to take home top prize in their categories, but they will also be eligible for the overall Pakman Award, the winner of which will also be announced at the awards ceremony.
Barretstown has been shortlisted in the ‘Battery Champion’ category after it created a programme, ‘Batteries for Barretstown’, to educate Ireland about the importance of battery recycling and increase the number of batteries recycled through ERP collection points. In 2018/2019, the education initiative generated sustained media coverage across national, regional and online media, and it increased battery recycling numbers by engaging Irish consumers and stakeholders across the country, driving behavioural change and raising much-needed funds for Barretstown.
AES – the waste management arm of Bord na Mona – has been shortlisted in the ‘Tyre Champion’ category. AES’s tyre recycling and remanufacturing facility, which is located in Co Louth away from the company’s headquarters in Newbridge, covers all aspects of the rubber tyre recycling process, from shredding, granulation and milling, to the production of saleable recycled products. The facility is the only one of its kind in the country and provides a specialised and compliant tyre recycling service to the tyre trade.
The 2019 Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, are sponsored by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, law firm Arthur Cox, the Irish Waste Management Association, Chartered Institute of Waste Management, Enviroguide, WEEE Ireland, Repak ELT, AMCS, European Recycling Platform and IBEC.
The Pakman Awards are divided into 14 categories, with the winners from each category then nominated for the overall Pakman Award, one of the highest environmental accolades any organisation, business, community group or individual in Ireland can achieve. A panel of judges will pick a winner based on their outstanding contribution and they will be crowned the overall winner of the National Award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management.