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Driving Change - Our Achievements

As an environmental, not-for-profit organisation, with a social mission, we are very proud of what we have achieved over the past 20 years, working with our members and stakeholders to help Ireland exceed EU recycling targets, transforming the environmental landscape, and driving behavioural change.

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Exceeding EU Recycling Targets

Ireland continues to exceed all EU recycling targets for the five main materials (plastics, paper, metals, glass, wood) year on year, however, we have significant challenges ahead to meet ambitious 2025 and 2030 targets for plastic recycling.

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Leading packaging optimisation and design

Repak has grown from a ‘compliance scheme’ to a thought-leading, environmental organisation, providing credible knowledge and expertise to many stakeholders on packaging waste, while supporting our members. We challenge our members to improve packaging design and increase the sustainability of their packaging, through the following initiatives.

Helping our members to play their part

Informing policy and legislation

As Ireland's only ‘Packaging Compliance Scheme’, with over 20 years’ expertise, we play a pivotal role in advising Government and EU stakeholders on key issues, legislation and policy relating to packaging, packaging waste and the development of sustainable packaging in a circular economy.

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Plastic Strategy 2030

Launched in 2018, this Repak strategy sets out the key actions required for Ireland to achieve challenging new EU recycling targets.

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EU Legislation

Under The Circular Economy Packaging, significant EU Legislation is currently being transposed into Irish law, which Repak will help implement with its members and other stakeholders.

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Educating and raising awareness

We deliver an annual programme of education for consumers and businesses, aimed at raising awareness of recycling, and reducing the environmental impact of packaging waste, and supporting MyWaste.ie, Ireland’s official guide to managing your waste.

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Celebrating success: the Pakman Awards

The annual Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, were launched in 2015 to recognise excellence in recycling and waste management among businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals in Ireland.

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Coca Cola wins Plastic Pledge Member of the Year Award 2019

Coca Cola won the inaugural ‘Repak Plastic Pledge Member of the Year’ category at the Pakman Awards 2019, topping the category by demonstrating its outstanding commitment to the Plastic Pledge objectives, including becoming the first water brand in Ireland to introduce bottles produced from 100% recycled plastic.

Hotel Doolin wins Waste Prevention Business Award 2019

Hotel Doolin was selected by the Pakman Awards judging panel for making a conscious effort to prevent waste from the almost 300,000 meals served to its guests in the past twelve months. The boutique hotel has also implemented several sustainability practices that were recognised by the judges as being best in class, including banning the use of single use plastics and using sustainable materials where possible in all rooms.

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