Limerick Polymers Production pictured at the 2022 Pakman Awards were from left, Séamus Clancy, CEO of Repak; Sean Murphy from Limerick Polymers Production; Minister of State for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Public Procurement, eGovernment with special responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth TD; and Mark Sheahan from Limerick Polymers Production. Picture: Naoise Culhane.
The Co. Limerick family-owned recycling site also won the ‘Waste Recovery and Recycling Facility’ Pakman Award on the night
Limerick Polymers Production (LPP) has been awarded the top accolade at the 2022 Pakman Awards, the Overall Pakman Award, for its efforts in helping Ireland meet its future recycling targets set by the EU. The recycling site was also named the winner of the 2022 ‘Waste Recovery and Recycling Facility’ Pakman Award.
The Pakman Awards ceremony, which took place at the Marker Hotel, saw representatives from leading organisations and community groups come together to recognise achievements in recycling and waste management over the last year. All ten category winners on the night were automatically put forward for the overall Pakman Award, which was won by Limerick Polymers Production.
Limerick Polymers Production (LPP) is the newest site in one of Ireland’s largest family-owned recycling groups. The LPP site is Ireland’s first purpose built plastic recovery facility and is the single largest investment in recycling infrastructure in the history of the state. The plant itself is fully automated and is capable of processing over 70,000 tons of mixed plastic packaging per year. As a direct result of the LPP facility there has been a 53% increase in the amount of mixed plastic film being recycled in Ireland in 2022 and this will increase further in the coming years as LPP continues to expand. According to the 2022 Pakman Awards judging panel, the entry from Limerick Polymers Production was a best-in-class example in waste recovery, and its efforts to create a truly circular economy for plastic packaging in Ireland. Limerick Polymers Production was also announced winner of the Waste Recycling and Recovery Facility award.
Another highlight of this year’s awards saw seven charities or community organisations, each nominated by an attendee who had a ticket assigned to them pulled from a charity draw on the night, receive a €1,000 donation each. The charities that received donations from the Pakman Awards were Skerries Tidy Towns, Skerries Autism Friendly Towns, St. Francis Hospice, Pieta House, Simon Community, My Canine Companion and Sejare House Limerick.
The Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, is held annually and seeks to find and celebrate Ireland’s recycling and waste management champions. Winning a Pakman Award is one of the highest accolades an organisation, company, community group or individual can receive for their environmental and sustainability efforts.
Minister of State for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Public Procurement, eGovernment with special responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy Ossian Smyth TD commented, “Since last year’s Pakman awards, Government has published Ireland’s first Whole of Government Circular Economy Strategy and enacted the first Circular Economy Act. The pace of change is remarkable. The Pakman awards don’t just recognise the marvelous achievements of individual companies but will further inspire and energise us all to reach Ireland’s potential to become a leader in the circular economy.”
Speaking at the 2022 Pakman Awards, Séamus Clancy, CEO of Repak said, “We are delighted to be celebrating many environmental champions at this year’s awards, who are leading by example in implementing excellent recycling and waste management practices over the last twelve months. This year saw some of the highest entries from companies, businesses, community groups and individuals to the Pakman Awards, a reflection of the commitment of many industries in Ireland to help reach our future EU recycling targets and protect our planet for future generations.
The standard of this year’s entries was not only exceptional but served as inspiration for others in how to deliver exemplary environmental practices. I would like to thank our sponsors, congratulate all the winners and finalists and extend a special congratulations to Limerick Polymers Production the winner of the 2022 Overall Pakman Award.”
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