Thursday, October 07, 2021

IRELAND’S National Environmental Awards, The Pakman Awards has announced that Kildare GAA club, Sarsfield GAA Newbridge, has been shortlisted for a 2021 Pakman Award. The Pakman Awards is Ireland’s leading environmental awards programme which recognises excellence in sustainability, recycling and waste management.


Sarsfields, winners on and off the pitch Photo: Sean Brilly

Sarsfield GAA Newbridge has been shortlisted in the Community Recycling Initiative of the Year category. The Pakman Awards judges commended Sarsfield GAA Newbridge for their Repak Team Green Sarsfield initiative which provided additional assistance in keeping Newbridge clean by removing all plastic drink bottles and aluminium drink cans from streets, housing estates and recreational areas in the town, as well as collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise end up in general waste.

The winners of each Pakman Award category will be announced at this year’s awards ceremony which takes place at The Shelbourne Hotel on 29 October in accordance with government guidelines.

Each category winner is eligible to win the Overall Pakman Award, which celebrates outstanding achievements in recycling and waste management over the last two years.

Now in its seventh year, the National Environmental Awards honour individuals, businesses, community groups and organisations across Ireland who have demonstrated excellence in waste management and recycling practices.

From local community group efforts to improve recycling, to corporate schemes that prioritise prevention of waste and innovation in waste management, the Pakman Awards play an important role in highlighting and acknowledging these achievements.

Commenting on the 2021 Pakman Awards finalists announcement, Repak CEO, Séamus Clancy said: “I am delighted to announce that Sarsfield GAA in Newbridge has been shortlisted for the 2021 Pakman Awards. The Pakman Awards are always evolving, and our categories honour the great work of individuals, communities and organisations across the country.

Despite difficult conditions over the last 18 months, most businesses and organisations have continued to implement exemplary waste management, sustainability, and recycling practices and with both our existing and new categories, we want to highlight these efforts and celebrate their achievements.

The quality and innovation displayed in our entries for 2021 gives me confidence that we are making great strides to protect our environment and plan for a more sustainable future. We look forward to welcoming our finalists to the Pakman Awards evening on Friday, 29 October and hope they inspire others to take action too.”

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