by ERP Ireland

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ERP Ireland is calling on businesses, community groups and schools in Ireland that have established a battery recycling programme to enter the Pakman Awards 2019 and become a Battery Recycling Champion! The Pakman Awards recognises excellence in sustainability, recycling and efforts to reduce climate change.

Recent research conducted by Repak, who launched the Pakman Awards in 2015, reveals Ireland’s attitudes to the sustainability efforts of organisations:
• Almost three quarters (72%) make a conscious choice to only shop or engage with Irish companies who are contributing to protecting the environment
• Despite a quarter not knowing what Irish companies are doing to protect the environment, 99% feel that businesses in Ireland have a responsibility to be eco-conscious
• A third (33%) don’t know what measures organisations in Ireland are taking to reduce the impact of climate change
• Yet 99% feel Irish companies have a responsibility to play a role in reducing the impact of climate change

Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications at ERP Ireland and judge for the Awards said, “The Pakman Awards is a fantastic forum to recognise the recycling excellence efforts of our members and industry stakeholders. We are delighted to sponsor the Battery Recycling Champion category again and are calling on all our members, schools and businesses with battery programmes to participate!!

Each year in Ireland, thousands of batteries are disposed of in standard domestic waste. The circular economy encourages innovative approaches to minimise human impact on the environment, save resources and reduce waste. It requires all sectors of society – from consumers through to companies – to embrace new concepts for a more sustainable future. I wish all entrants the very best of luck.”

The 2019 Pakman Awards will be held on the 24th October 2019 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin. Visit www.pakman.ie.

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*refers to a research study of 745 Irish adults, conducted in June 2019.

Notes to editor:
The Pakman Awards is divided into 14 categories. The winners from each category are 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.

Previous winners of the overall Pakman Award include:
Clean Ireland Recycling – 2018
Raidió Teilifís Éireann – 2017
Meade Potato Company – 2016
AIB – 2015