Repak Recycling Awards 2005
Waste reduction and recycling
excellence acknowledged at top recycling awards
Echoing the philosophy of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,
12 Awards were presented by the Minister of the Environment, Mr.
Dick Roche TD - to individuals, companies and local authorities
at this year's Repak Recycling Awards in the Four Seasons Hotel
Attended by over 350 people, the winners celebrated
those who promoted excellence in recycling as part of the Repak
Recycling Week which ran from Monday 3rd until Sunday 9th October.
A total of over 60 nominations were received in 11 categories -
ranging from local authorities, waste contractors, schools, individuals
and Repak member companies.
The awards sponsors were all well known companies
- AIB, Arthur Cox, EPA, Ulster Bank, Rehab and the RPS Group. These
organisations - through their sponsorship - all show a clear recognition
of the importance of emerging environmental issues and are happy
to be associated with the Repak Recycling Awards.
Mr Andrew Hetherington, CEO Repak thanked all those who supported
the event, stating - "Repak Recycling Week, now in its
fifth year, is making a significant contribution to raising
the awareness of recycling at national level. Thanks to all
our partners for making it such a success."
Hennessy contributed greatly to a most successful evening.
Tetra Pak - in an extremely appropriate and unique manner
- made their contribution by way of their sponsorship of a
tree-planting at Balroth Wood. Every attendee at the evening's
event will have a tree planted on their behalf.
Acknowledgement was also made to many Repak member companies
who 'rowed-in' with further support, including - Tesco, Superquinn,
Musgraves, Golden Discs, Roches, B & Q, and Oxygen.
|Andrew Hetherington also acknowledged the generous
contribution to Repak Recycling Week made by Toyota Ireland
through their prize of a Toyota Prius - the world's first mass
produced Hybrid Synergy Drive Technology vehicle.
Mr. Dick Roche, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and
Local Government stated - "The people of Ireland have really taken
recycling to heart. Our progress in this area in recent years has
been remarkable, but new EU targets mean that we will have to do
even better in future."
The Minister went on to outline the real progress made in recent
years - "Since the late 1990s, we have been making progress at an
ever increasing pace. It's a case of letting the figures speak for
- In 2003 we recycled 28% of municipal waste, compared with only
9% in 1998.
- The number of Bring Banks doubled between 1998 and 2003, as
did the number of Civic Amenity sites.
- 560,000 households had a separate collection for recyclables
by 2003 and this has increased further since then.
- We are particularly successful on packaging waste. From a 1998
base of less than 15%, we reached 44% in 2003 and all the indications
are that we are on track to make the 2005 EU target of 50%."
"New EU targets mean that we will have to recover and recycle
even more packaging waste by 2011. This will require a major
effort from everybody - including industry. I want all producers
to review their packaging design and see if there is any scope
to reduce the amount of packaging waste being produced in
the first place. Cutting down on the amount of resources used
in packaging, cuts costs and saves money. This should be good
news for producers and consumers.
"My Department is working with all interested parties
– Repak, local authorities, business interests and the EPA
– to devise strategies and initiatives to help Ireland meet
the new EU targets. This partnership approach has served us
well in the past and will continue to do so in the future."
Andrew Hetherington, in his address, said - "I am pleased
to say that Repak is fully on course to achieve the second landmark
target of 50% recycling set for 2005 - and that is indeed a cause
for celebration this evening.
"That is the good news. But here is the bad news.
"The targets have gone up again. Our friends in the EU have
now raised the recycling bar to 60% - to be achieved over the next
five years - with some individual material targets, such as cardboard,
being much higher.
"Is this a realistic and achievable target? I say YES - but
with some caveats.
"Can it be achieved under the existing set of rules and with
the existing resources? Almost certainly not.
"As we go deeper into recycling - and extend the process to
catch more through kerbside collections, bring centres and from
the general domestic sector - it becomes more difficult and more
costly. Our colleagues here from the local authorities will tell
you just how hard and how costly it is to achieve incremental leaps
of recycling from the domestic sector. The process needs more money
and more resource. But where will that come from?
"Will Government invest more in infrastructure and provide
more day-to-day resource to local authority collections? Perhaps
"Can we ask those Repak companies, who already pay into the
scheme, to dig deeper and 'ready-up' even more money? Certainly,
some business groupings will raise serious concerns about our national
competitiveness when compliant businesses, already hit with cost
increases coming at them from every angle, are being asked to pay
more and more. The cost of compliance in all areas is adding greatly
to business costs.
"But 'Doing-The-Right-Thing' is never cheap. The decision
on what is reasonable and fair is being examined within the
second Five Year Strategy Group - with representatives from
the stakeholders who are part of the partnership at national
level. Business will pay its full share of the costs, but
it cannot sign blank cheques. This is against a backdrop where
local authorities are seeking full cost recovery for the collection
of packaging from the domestic dustbin. Some authorities reckon
that Repak subsidies account for only 20% of those costs.
"To resolve issues like this will require greater commitment
from all stakeholders to move forward together in partnership.
"Ireland's performance in packaging recovery - through Repak,
its members and its stakeholders - is recognised throughout the
EU as exemplary. Let's continue to move forward together in partnership
by Doing-The-Right-Thing at the Right Time. Transparency is essential
from all sides to make the partnership sustainable."
Commenting on the announcement of the various awards winners, Mr.
Hetherington, went on to say - "Ireland can only continue to meet
its recycling targets by the partnership combination of individuals,
companies, local authorities and schools. By embracing the reduce,
reuse and recycle philosophy, these winners and finalists have all
shown that, by making procedural and behavioural changes, much can
be achieved. These changes cover the full life-cycle of packaging
waste - from preventing needless packaging waste in companies, through
to increasing the recycling rates once it is used by consumers.
"The winning companies can be proud of the largely unseen
work they have undertaken in minimising the amount of packaging
that reaches consumers, while individuals, local authorities and
contractors have shown that leadership can change the dumping mentality
of a lifetime. All of these partners are needed for us to enjoy
the benefits of modern living whilst dealing responsibly with our
||The Repak Awards Dinner is one of the prominent
dates in the recycling calendar and is the centrepiece of Repak
National Recycling Week. The Awards Ceremony provides an opportunity
for Repak - an approved body established by Industry to help
its members to meet targets for recovering and recycling packaging
waste - to acknowledge the efforts of its members, recovery
operators and local authorities and their contributions to packaging
waste prevention, minimisation and recycling over the course
of the year.
Receiving the Repak Best Member Award Large Company 2005, Alcan
Packaging was commended for its efforts which saw the company halve
its waste management charges by reducing the amount of plastic it
sent to landfill by 694 tonnes (a reduction of 53%) and recycling
1,144 tonnes of packaging waste. Coca Cola picked up the Repak Best
Practice Award Large Company. Its efforts - through its Environmental
team - yielded recycling rates in excess of 85% year-on-year and
prevented 31 tonnes of cardboard waste being produced through its
innovative Lock-and-Pop project.
The Best Practice Award Hospitality Sector 2005 was jointly shared
by the Griffin Hotel Group Ferrycarrig Hotel and the Weston Hotel,
Dublin. The Ferrycarrig Hotel reduced residual waste by 50% during
2004 and, through working with suppliers, achieved a 33% reduction
in packaging waste arisings - while the Weston Hotel achieved a
50% increase in recycling of packaging waste in 2004.
Wexford County Council was awarded the Repak Best Local Authority
Initiative Award for its recycling scheme, which achieved a 90%
participation rate and diverts 4,000 tonnes of waste from landfill
each year. The Repak Best Local Authority Winner went to Cavan County
Council for its commitment and investment in driving new recycling
infrastructure. Cavan now has over 28 bring centres - accepting
glass, aluminium and plastic - as well as the opening of two state-of-the-art
recycling centres. It also initiated an innovative 'adopt a road
scheme' and achieved a Bring Centre ratio of one for every 640
Newmarket Co-op won this year's Best Practice Small Firms Award
for a range of waste prevention and reuse initiatives that reduced
the amount of packaging being placed on the Irish market by 33 tonnes.
Evode Industries Ltd. light-weighted its product bags/containers
and doubled its recycling rate in 2004 to share the Repak Best Member
Award 2005 - Small Firms with Macfarlane Plastics.
Representing developments in recycling in the retail industry,
Centra, Tower Shopping Centra in Blarney, saw its packaging recycling
rate more than doubled - with over 50% of all waste generated going
for recycling through staff education and training programmes. This
also resulted in a net 50% saving in waste management costs.
The Repak Young Recycler Award 2005 went to Caoimhe Normile of
Tarbert National School in Kerry for waste and recycling programmes
in her school and community - including campaigns to target litter
black-spots in her community and the recycling and reuse of all
materials, where practical, in the school. She also instigated a
lobbying campaign to retain the schools recycling bin for aluminium
cans and continues her calls for the council to supply them with
bins for plastic bottle recycling.
The Edenderry Boys National School were awarded the Repak Recycling
School of the Year for a range of ongoing recycling initiatives,
which changed the schools waste management culture from disposal
to recycling - resulting in up to 95% reduction in waste going for
Finally Mr Binman was awarded the Repak Recovery Operator Of The
Year Award. This is the second year in succession that Mr Binman
has won this award for the company's systems and procedures focused
on recycling in collecting 100,000 tonnes of commercial material
and servicing over 50,000 domestic customers in the Midwest Region.
The winners in each category received an award made from
recovered/recycled materials, created by Irish designer, Ronan
The judges included external industry experts such as - Padraic
Larkin, Director, EPA; Sean Murphy, Chamber of Commerce of
Ireland; Tim O'Brien, Irish Times; Terence Cosgrave, Checkout
Magazine; Mark Fielding Chief Executive, ISME (Irish Small
and Medium Enterprises) and Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner by Mr Dick Roche TD,
Minister for the Environment and Local Government. MC for the evening
was Ms. Miriam O'Callaghan and the After Dinner Speaker was George
Repak Member of the Year
2005 (Large firms)
Sponsored by Arthur Cox
The finalists were - Alcan Packaging Ltd.; Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland;
Eircom Ltd.; H.J. Heinz European Frozen & Chilled Foods Ltd.; Symantec
The winner of the Repak Member of the Year 2005 (Large firms) was
Alcan Packaging Ltd.
Alcan Packaging Dublin - manufacturers of flexible food
packaging for the food industry - has been a committed member of
Repak since 1997. The company has invested time and resources to
develop a comprehensive data capture system to capture their packaging
data. They have continually met the stretch targets set in their
annual waste management plans. Alcan's commitment to preventing
packaging waste arising - and to recycle the waste that does arise
- is exemplary.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Deborah
Spence, Partner, Arthur Cox Solicitors; Nikki Mullin, Alcan
Packaging; Minister Dick Roche, T.D; Tara Smith, Brendan Fleming,
Gay McCabe - Alcan Packaging
In 2004 the company halved its 2003 waste management charges.
More remarkably, it is estimated that if the waste management
plan had not been implemented, the charges for 2004 would
have been four times greater - so. this was a quarter of the
potential cost had they not implemented their waste management
This was achieved by reducing the amount of plastic the
company sent to landfill by 694 tonnes (a reduction of 53%).
Overall Alcan recycled 1,144 tonnes of packing waste in 2004.
In addition to running an environmental awareness project in partnership
with local schools, the Alcan recycling committee holds workshops
and runs environmental quizzes. A comprehensive waste management
plan was set in place in 2002 - with 2004 showing the most significant
results to date. The cost of waste management was halved in 2004.
Repak Best Practice Award
2005 (Large Firms)
The finalists were - Batchelors Ltd.; Bulmers Ireland
Ltd.; Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland; H.J. Heinz European Frozen & Chilled
Foods Ltd.; Symantec Ireland Ltd.
The winner of the Repak Best Practice Award 2005 (Large
Firms) was Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland.
Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland has been an exemplary
member of Repak since 1997. Data submission and payment on time
- as well as partaking in all Repak events - are examples of Coca-Cola's
commitment to Repak.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; John
Bird, Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland; Minister Dick Roche, T.D;
Don Doherty, Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland
The Environmental team continually examine all areas of packaging
waste management to see where improvements can be made in
their already excellent approach that yields recycling rates
in excess of 85% year-on-year.
A number of initiatives in 2004 resulted in the prevention
of packaging waste arising - both on site and at customers'
premises - through prevention and minimisation and the introduction
of reuse loops - particularly the introduction of the innovative
Lock and Pop project to remove layer pads for pallets.
In addition, CCBI improved the handling of returnable
glass bottles on the glass line - resulting in a saving of 178.78
tonnes of waste glass and prevented a further 31 tonnes of cardboard
by removing layer pads from transit pallets.
Repak Best Practice Award
Hospitality Sector 2005
The finalists were - The Castle Hotel, Macroom; Griffin Hotel Group
Ferrycarrig Hotel; The Westbury Hotel, Dublin; Westin Hotel, Dublin;
Woodlands Hotel, Adare.
The joint winners of the Repak Best Practice Award Hospitality
Sector 2005 were Griffin Hotel Group Ferrycarrig Hotel &
Westin Hotel, Dublin.
|The Griffin Group Ferrycarrig
Hotel is a 102 room 4 star hotel employing 160. The hotel
has been recognised as a core hotel in the Green Failte awards
- in addition to a white flag for their leisure centre. The
Ferrycarrig is used as a model for best practice in the hospitality
industry by Wexford Co. Council.
The dedicated waste manager/recycling co-ordinator is fully
committed to examining all waste arisings in order to continually
improve on preventing and recycling waste arisings - with particular
focus on packaging waste. The residual waste has been reduced
by 50% during the year 2004 and, through working with suppliers,
there has been a 33% reduction in packaging waste arisings.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Jeanette
O'Keefe, The Griffin Group, Ferrycarrig Hotel; Minister Dick
Roche, T.D; Chris Culleton, Liam Griffin - The Griffin Group,
Pictured receiving their award are - Mark
Anderson, Paul Dunphy, Kieran Quinn - Westin Hotel
Also - Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak (far left) Minister
Dick Roche, T.D (centre)
The 163 room 5* Westin Dublin Hotel is a landmark
in Ireland's capital. Since opening in 2001, the core hotel
in the Green Failte awards has been proactive and innovative
in best practice in relation to packaging and packaging waste
An enthusiastic approach to waste management - spearheaded
by the Conference and Banqueting Operations Manager - has
resulted in an almost 50% increase in recycling of packaging
waste in 2004. The prevention and minimisation of packaging
waste are paramount to the waste management programme - with
all areas of the hotel's operations being examined.
Finalists in last years awards, the Westin Dublin Hotel are deserving
winners of the joint award of Best Practice Hospitality 2005.
Repak Local Authority Initiative of the
Sponsored by RPS Group
The finalists were - Clare County Council; Dublin City Council;
Mayo County Council; Waterford County Council; Wexford County Council.
The winner of the Repak Local Authority Initiative
of the Year 2005 was Wexford County Council.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Kieran
O'Brien, Director of Services, Wexford County Council; PJ
Rudden, RPS; Minister Dick Roche, T.D; Eddie Breen, Co. Manager,
Wexford County Council
|Wexford County Council has been awarded
the Best Local Authority Initiative for their roll-out of kerbside
collections to some 19,000 customers in the county. The continuous
market research programme, carried out by Wexford Co. Co., ensures
and facilitates the scheme's development and tracks its effectiveness.
The scheme is supported with an innovative education and awareness
programme. As a result, Wexford Co. Co. has achieved over 90%
participation rate in the scheme - diverting some 4,000 tonnes
of waste from landfill each year. In 2004 the council invested
almost €1 million in the scheme, which continues to grow and
Repak Local Authority of
the Year 2005
Sponsored by Rehab
The finalists were - Cavan County Council; Fingal County Council;
Kilkenny County Council; Offaly County Council; Wexford County Council.
The winner of the Repak Local Authority of the Year 2005 was Cavan
Cavan County Council has been awarded Best Local Authority
Award , after many years as finalist in this category.
In 2004, Cavan County Council increased its Recycling infrastructure
with an investment of over €900,000. Dispersed across the
county are 28 bring centres - all of which accept glass, aluminium
cans and plastic bottles. This accounts for one Bring centre
for every 640 households.
In 2004, Cavan opened a new Civic Amenity facility in Bailieborough.
The county now has two state-of-the-art Civic Amenity facilities,
with a third Civic Amenity granted planning. Cavan County
Council has developed an ongoing and successful enforcement
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Michael
Mussi, Cavan Co. Co.; Bob Rowat, Rehab; Minister Dick Roche,
T.D; Seamus Neely, Deputy County Manager, Cavan Co. Co.
Cavan County Council has many anti-litter initiatives, involving
both private industry and the public - including the innovative
'adopt a road scheme'. Cavan Town was awarded National Winner
in the Irish Business Against litter (IBAL) in both 2003 and 2004.
Repak Best Practice Award
2005 (Small - Medium Firms)
Sponsored by the EPA
The finalists were - Evode Industries Ltd.; Newmarket Co-Operative
The winner of the Repak Best Practice Award 2005 (Small
- Medium Firms) was Newmarket Co-Operative Creameries Ltd.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Josephine
Angland, Newmarket Co-Op; Minister Dick Roche, T.D; Gerry
Byrne, Director, EPA
In 2004, Newmarket Co-op, located in north county
Cork and employing 60 people, launched a range of waste prevention
and reuse initiatives that both reduced the amount of packaging
being placed on the Irish market and their backdoor packaging
These initiatives included the removal of cardboard outer
packaging from 20kg cheese blocks supplied to processors (33
tonnes saving), the switching to IBCs for acceptance of raw
materials, the onward reuse of pallets - as well as the provision
of used cardboard boxes to a neighbouring firm for reuse.
In terms of recycling, cardboard, plastic, glass
and aluminium are segregated and sent for recycling.
Repak Member of the Year 2005 (Small
- Medium Firms)
Sponsored by AIB
The finalists were - Evode Industries Ltd.; Macfarlane Plastics
Ltd.; Newmarket Co-Operative Creameries Ltd.
The joint winners of the Repak Member of the Year 2005 (Small -
Medium Firms) were Evode Industries Ltd. & Macfarlane
L-R: Alex Taylor, Evode Industries Ltd;
Minister Dick Roche, T.D; Ciaran O'Driscoll, Evode Industries
Ltd; Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Tracey Curtin, Evode
Evode Industries Ltd. - which is involved in the manufacture
and supply of adhesives and sealants and is part of the TotalFinaElf
multinational - won this year's Best Member Award - small
They submitted comprehensive Annual Plans - which clearly
outlined waste management policy - for both 2004 and 2005.
In addition, Evode Industries has in place a robust and user
friendly packaging data capture system, which allows for the
accurate and timely submission of packaging data returns to
In terms of waste management, product bags and containers have
been light-weighted, deliveries of raw materials are increasingly
being received in IBCs bulk containers - while recycling doubled
in 2004. Evode Industries also applies the Green Dot to all products
manufactured at its plant.
|Macfarlane Plastics, part
of the Macfarlane Group, employs 70 people in Newtownmountkennedy,
Co Wicklow. The company designs and manufactures plastic injected
moulded packaging solutions and, during 2004, removed plastic
liners from one of their suppliers - resulting in a saving of
approximately 2 tonnes of packaging waste.
In addition, resourcefulness in finding a recycling solution
for their plastic lids, yielded a 3 tonnes reduction of packaging
waste being diverted from landfill towards recycling.
Further improvements are in the pipeline for 2006, where more
packaging waste prevention and minimisation is being targeted.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Adrian
Carley, Macfarlane Plastics; Minister Dick Roche, T.D; Paul
Swaine, Regional Manager, AIB
Repak Best Practice Award
Retail Sector 2005
The finalists were - Centra, Tower, Blarney, Co. Cork; Eurospar,
Lucan, Co. Dublin; Supervalu, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
The winner of the Repak Best Practice Award Retail Sector 2005
was Centra, Tower, Blarney, Co. Cork.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Minister
Dick Roche, T.D; George Lehane, Centra, Tower, Blarney, Co.
Centra, Tower Shopping Centra, Blarney, which is owned
by Paddy O'Leary, opened in 2003 and has an excellent waste
management structure in place - spearheaded by their Waste
Co-Coordinator, Mr George Lehane. There is on-going waste
awareness training for staff, monthly progress meetings and
informative notice boards.
In 2004, they encouraged suppliers to deliver in reusable
packaging - thereby greatly reducing their backdoor waste.
In the same year their packaging recycling rate more than
doubled - with over 50% of all waste generated going for recycling.
This progressive and responsible approach to waste management also
resulted in a 50% saving in waste management costs.
Repak Young Recycler of
the Year 2005
The objective of the award is to acknowledge and reward the efforts
of young people in terms of packaging recycling and recycling in
general. Based on her nomination and application by her teacher,
this year's winner of the award is Caoimhe Normile of Tarbert
Caoimhe demonstrates a number of personal skills such as energy, influence,
leadership and commitment in the projects she has been involved in.
These qualities are exhibited in Caoimhe undertaking her own research
on recycling topics, informing others of her findings and participating
in poster campaigns to raise awareness of recycling - a fine example
of which was her poster to motivate and drive her classmates and school
to obtain their green flag this year. Her poster displayed the statement
boldly that - "If you want to brag, help get the green flag"
- with practical messages on how to do so using the "Reduce, Re-use
and Recycle" options of waste management.
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Chris
Normile, Caoimhe Normile - Tarbert National School, Kerry;
Minister Dick Roche, T.D.; Jackleen Normile
Further examples are her involvement in clean-up campaigns
to target litter black-spots in her community and the recycling
and reuse of all materials, where practical, in the school.
Caoimhe also participated in the campaign to retain the school's
recycling bin for Aluminium cans.
This involved writing to Kerry County Council - the providers
of the service - local councillors and the press.
The campaign resulted in a news article in the local
newspaper highlighting their success in overturning the Council's
initial decision and continuing their call for the council to supply
them with bins for plastic bottle recycling.
Repak Recycling School
of the Year 2005
The winner of the Repak Recycling School of the Year 2005 Award
was Edenderry Boys National School.
Edenderry Boys National School, with 193 pupils is located
in a provincial market town in the Midlands. The schools application
was supported by their "green flag programme" report
and detailed video footage of their activities and the involvement
of the school and community as a whole.
Overall, the information in their application was of a very
high standard which resulted in obtaining a very high score
in each category of the scoring.
L-R: Pictured are Dallán Ryan and Peter
McNevin( both aged 12) from Edenderry Boys National School,
Also pictured: Andrew Hetherington, Repak; Minister Dick Roche,
T.D. Kevin Duffy, Edenderry Boys National School, Offlay
Their Green School Program resulted in a significant change in
the school's waste management culture - from purely disposal to
achieving up to a 95% reduction in waste going to landfill.
So, a clear well-done to Edenderry Boys National School and congratulations
on winning this year's Repak Recycling School of the Year award.
Repak Packaging Recovery
Operator of the Year 2005
Sponsored by Ulster Bank
The finalists were - AES; Greenstar Ltd.; Greyhound Recycling and
Recovery Ltd.; Mr. Binman; Onyx (Ireland) Ltd.
The winner of the Repak Packaging Recovery Operator of the Year
2005 was Mr. Binman.
This is the second year in succession that Mr Binman has
won this award. Mr Binman is a family run business, based
in Luddenmore, Co. Limerick and managed by Mr. Martin Sheehan senior
L-R: Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak; Mary
Sheahan; Cormac O'Mahony, Ulster Bank; Minister Dick Roche,
T.D.; Martin Sheahan, Mr. Binman
The company, which was established in 1993, employs almost
200 staff and has a turnover of over €30 million. Mr Binman's
facility has a capacity for 100,000 tonnes of commercial material
and also services 50,000 domestic customers in the Midwest
As well as a Material Recovery Facility the company also operates
a Glass Processing Plant and services many bring banks on
behalf of the local authorities in the Midwest.
Good quality documentation, clear audit trails and well prepared
claims - combined with a good business plan - have helped
Mr Binman win this award again.
In concluding his address, Minister Roche paid tribute
to the Award winners -"our goal, in all of this, is compliance with
challenging targets. The Repak Awards really encourage business
to reduce, reuse and recycle. Best practice must be encouraged and
this evening's recipients are setting the standards to which others
can aspire. And the reality of the targets that we face is, that
what is exceptional today - in terms of dealing with packaging waste
- must become commonplace in the future. I congratulate all the
winners and Repak for the continuing success of National Recycling
Repak is a not-for-profit members based packaging
compliance scheme - currently Ireland's only producer responsibility
scheme - which was established under a voluntary agreement between
industry and the Department of the Environment and Local Government
It was created as industry's response to the obligations
placed on Ireland by the EU directive on Packaging Waste (94/62/EC)
and is the only government approved compliance scheme under the
Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations 1997.
Repak succeeded in reaching and exceeding Ireland's
National Recycling Target of 25% of packaging waste in 2001 - as
set by the EU directive.
Repak runs a variety of educational initiatives -
such as the Repak National Recycling Week in October, the Repak
Green Christmas and the Repak National Conference. It is also a
sponsor of An Taisce's National Spring Clean campaign, the Tidy
Towns Competition and the schools-based Repak Cash for Cans programme.
Repak membership fees are used to subsidise the collection
of used packaging in Ireland, through the network of 2,000 bring
banks, over 50 recycling centres and household kerbside collection
schemes - which reach in excess of one in four (over 350,000) Irish
Since its establishment, Repak members have invested
over €73 million in subsidising recycling activities in Ireland
and, in 2004, recycled 47% of all packaging placed on the Irish