13 October 2021
By Tom Collins
Ireland’s National Environmental Awards, The Pakman Awards has announced that two Co. Cork organisations, IRD Duhallow and Good Fish Processing, have 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.
IRD Duhallow based in Newmarket, Co. Cork has been shortlisted in the Community Recycling Initiative of the Year category. The Pakman Awards judges recognised IRD Duhallow for their social enterprise, Furniture REVAMP, which provides a range of in-demand services to the local community, promoting the re-use of unwanted high-quality low-cost household furniture. REVAMP collects furniture and household goods that are suitable for re-use and carries out repairs and refurbishment work in their workshop, with steam cleaning and basic repair work adding value and usefulness to the many items that would otherwise be disposed of.
Carrigaline business, Good Fish Processing, has been shortlisted in the Waste Prevention Business category. The Pakman Awards judges commended the company for their commitment to protecting the planet’s natural resources and reducing their environmental impact. Good Fish Processing has implemented a sustainability policy and is committed to meeting the needs of their customers and consumers in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner.
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 two Co. Cork organisations, IRD Duhallow and Good Fish Processing, have 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.”