Call for entries as Pakman Awards return for 10th year

Relove Paint – Cork County Council & Cork City Council took home the Community Recycling Initiative award in 2022, sponsored by The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications. Michelle Green of Cork County Council and Cork City Council accepted the award from Minister Ossian Smyth TD. (Pic: Naoise Culhane)

Celebrating a decade of excellence, Ireland’s national environment awards – the 2024 Pakman Awards – honour the best practices and achievements in recycling and waste management from businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals across Ireland. 

Launched on Tuesday, June 11th and renowned as one of the most prestigious accolades in the environmental sector, the Pakman Awards honour the exceptional efforts of those dedicated to sustainability and environmental excellence.


This year sees the addition of two new categories, including Best Deposit Return Initiative and Best Single Use Plastic Initiative.

The Best Deposit Return Initiative category celebrates the achievements of the deposit return initiatives implemented across the country, while the Best Single Use Plastic (SUP) Initiative, which supports the SUP Directive, recognises best in class business to consumer reuse systems.

The awards are divided into 13 categories, with the winners from each category 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.

Last year saw the introduction of the first individual Pakman Award, ESG Leader, which was won by Sian Young from Britvic for her individual contributions to recycling and waste management. In the past eight years, seven Cork businesses have taken home a Pakman Award.

The Overall Pakman Award was won by grassroots community project, The Killarney Park & The Ross, which helped promote Killarney to a circular economy by becoming the first town in Ireland to phase out single-use coffee cups.

The 2024 Pakman Awards are now open for entries and close on 31st August, 2024 with applicants invited to submit examples of their environmental achievements from the past 12 months.

More information can be found at Pakman Awards on Facebook and @PakmanAwards on LinkedIn and