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Chanelle McCoy launches call for entries for third Annual Pakman Awards

Pakman Awards 2017, powered by Repak searches for Ireland’s recycling and waste management champions

Pakman 2017 sees launch of the ‘Innovation in Waste Management’ award to recognise those shaping the future in recycling and waste management.The Pakman Awards recognises excellence in Waste Management and Recycling for any organisation, business, community group or individual in Ireland. Nominations close at midnight on 31st August 2017. The third annual Pakman Awards will be held on the 26th October 2017 in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin. To apply, visit www.pakman.ie

Dublin, Tuesday 6th June, 2017: Leading Irish businesswomen Chanelle McCoy, alongside Chairman of Repak, Tony Keohane, launched the call for entries for the third annual Pakman Awards to find Ireland’s recycling and waste management champions for 2017.

The Pakman Awards recognise excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations and community groups in Ireland. The awards ceremony will take place on the 26th of October in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin. Nominations for the awards close at midnight on August 31st 2017. To enter the Pakman Awards 2017, visit www.pakman.ie.

It was also announced this morning that Chanelle McCoy, Dragons Den star, will lead the Pakman judging panel to select a winner for the inaugural ‘Innovation in Waste Management’ award. Chanelle’s extensive experience as an innovative entrepreneur and successful business owner makes her an esteemed choice to judge this new category.

Speaking at the launch of the 2017 Pakman Awards, Chanelle McCoy said: “I am delighted to be in Dublin today to announce that I will be joining the judging panel of the Pakman Awards, powered by Repak. As a business owner, I understand the importance for businesses to lead by example in putting excellent waste management into practice.

As consumer and stakeholder awareness of environmental issues increases, the Pakman Awards provide a great opportunity for entrants to stake a claim as one of Ireland’s recycling and waste management champions, allowing nominees to diversify themselves from competition, providing real competitive advantages. I look forward to reviewing entries from Ireland’s businesses, organisations and community groups who are showcasing innovation in waste management and to help crown the 2017 overall Pakman Award winner”.

Tony Keohane, Chairman of Repak, also commented: “It is my great pleasure to join Chanelle McCoy today to launch the Pakman Awards 2017. The Pakman Awards demonstrate not just the innovative waste management practices of our members, but also an array of Irish organisations and communities nationwide who are encouraged to enter and demonstrate environmental excellence. The new inclusive format for the awards led to a record-breaking number of entries in 2016, but with the help of our members and other organisations across the country, we hope to make this year’s Pakman awards the most competitive to date.’’

The 2017 Pakman Awards are proudly sponsored by The Department of Communications, Climate Actions and Environment, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Irish Waste Management Association, WEEE Ireland, The European Recycling Platform and Repak.

The Pakman Awards was launched in 2015 by Repak to replace the Repak Recycling Awards and allow more accessibility for all organisations who demonstrate sustainability and environmental efforts to enter. The inaugural Pakman Awards marked a significant change in direction for Repak whose awards were previously only open to its members and recovery operators. It is now open to anyone who can demonstrate their environmental waste management practices and efforts.

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