Wicklow organisations A Plus Service Centre and Pure Project shortlisted for prestigious national environmental awards

A Plus Service Centre, based in Bray, and Pure Project, based in Laragh, have both been shortlisted for 2019 Pakman Awards. Now in its 5th year, the national environmental awards celebrate sustainability champions who are putting innovative recycling and waste management practices into place across Ireland.

A Plus Service Centre has been shortlisted in the Tyre Champion category. A Plus Service Centre have been advocates for tyre recycling and have volunteered to assist Repak ELT in surveys and data collection for many years. Through all media communications, A Plus Service Centre encourage people to always deal with a registered and approved tyre fitter that recycles their waste tyres properly. A Plus Service Centre also run their own annual weekend tyre road show at Tesco in Bray, highlighting safety and recycling.

Pure Project has been shortlisted in the Environmental Education and Awareness Initiative category. The Pure Project is a partnership project and was established to combat illegal dumping and fly-tipping in the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands. Pure Project utilise a multi-disciplined approach, incorporating a number of enforcement and preventative measures including public reporting of dumping incidents, dedicated clean-up vehicle of illegal dumping, GPS/GIS recording of all dumping sites, covert CCTV, public awareness campaigns, environment/community projects and educational initiatives.

Since the establishment of Pure, the project has removed over 3,300 tonnes of illegal dumping from the Wicklow/Dublin Uplands. If you were to put all this waste into standard household rubbish bags, it would fill over 400,000 bags.

The winners of these categories will be announced at the 2019 Pakman Awards which takes place on October 24th in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin. Not only will A Plus Service Centre and Pure Project be in the running to take home top prize in their categories, they will also be eligible for the overall Pakman Award, the winner of which will also be announced at the awards ceremony.

Commenting on the 2019 Pakman Awards finalistsSéamus Clancy, Repak CEO commented “This year, the number and quality of entries in the Pakman Awards surpassed all our expectations. The dedication and innovation shown by individuals and organisations across the country is amazing and makes a real difference to Ireland’s environment. 

Now more than ever, Ireland needs environmental champions and we are looking for organisations, community groups and individuals to lead by example. We look forward to showcasing A Plus Service Centre’s and Pure Project’s environmental initiatives and hope that others will be inspired to follow their lead.”

The 2019 Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, is proudly sponsored by The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, Arthur Cox, the Irish Waste Management Association, Chartered Institute of Waste Management, Enviroguide, WEEE Ireland, Repak ELT, AMCS, European Recycling Platform and Ibec.

For more information on the 2019 Pakman Awards, visit www.pakman.ie or @PakmanAwards on Twitter.

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