The ceremony, which took place on October 27th 2016 at the InterContinental Dublin Hotel, saw 400 representatives from leading businesses, organisations and community groups come together to recognise excellence in recycling energy and waste management.
Leading the congratulations was the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr Denis Naughten, TD.
“I would like to thank Repak for developing the Pakman awards. These awards are an example of organisations in the recycling and waste management industries coming together to highlight and reward best practice initiatives and excellence across a number of waste streams”.
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council was the only Local Authority amongst the twelve organisations to receive an Award on the night. Ballyogan Recycling Park was recognised as a winner in its category for its efficiency in handling the 7,300 tonnes of waste delivered to it by the 177, 918 visitors using the facility last year.
Commenting on the Award, An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Cormac Devlin, said,
“This Award is fantastic for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Ballyogan is a superb facility which demonstrates the Council’s commitment to providing quality waste management services for the County”.
Since opening in 2004, Ballyogan Recycling Park has provided a recycling service for a wide range of household waste materials to the residents of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and its surrounding counties. It won the Award as “Repak Civic Amenity Site/Recycling Centre of the Year” in 2012 having been a finalist in the category in 2011.
Currently managed by Thorntons Recycling on behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the most popular waste received at the facility is green garden waste which comprises over 40% of the annual throughput by weight. Reuse and the generation of green jobs are supported in the management of selected materials at the site by the partnership with social economy enterprises and SME’s e.g. Rothar, Eco Mattresses Recycling Ltd., Mower City Ireland, Kildarson, the Rediscovery Centre, Rehab Recycle and Free Trade Ireland.