Smiles all round as cen­tre picks up award


The Corkman - - NEWS -

THE team be­hind the SMILE Re­source Ex­change, the pro­gramme run by Mac­room E En­ter­prise Cen­tre in Mac­room, was de­lighted to bring home the Waste Pre­ven­tion Busi­ness of the Year Award at the re­cent Pak­man Awards, hosted by Repak Ire­land.

The Pak­man Awards recog­nise ex­cel­lence in the en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proach taken by a busi­ness, or­gan­i­sa­tion or com­mu­nity group in all as­pects of their oper­a­tions, from recycling and en­ergy use to waste man­age­ment.

The awards cer­e­mony took place at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Dublin Ho­tel and, un­der the watch­ful eye of MC Claire Byrne of RTE, saw 400 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lead­ing busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups gather to cel­e­brate their pos­i­tive im­pacts on our en­vi­ron­ment.

Other win­ners in­clude RTÉ who took home the over­all Pak­man 2017 award, Thorn­tons Recycling, Clean Ire­land Recycling, WasteMat­ters Ire­land, Matthews Coach Hire Ltd., Sligo Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal, ReCre­ate, Re­cy­cle IT, Lidl Ire­land GmbH, Gal­way City Coun­cil and Lau­raLynn Ire­land’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pice.

SMILE Re­source Ex­change is a na­tional pro­gramme that con­nects busi­nesses that can re­use each other’s waste, sur­plus ma­te­ri­als and of­f­cuts.

Es­tab­lished in 2010 by Mac­room E En­ter­prise Cen­tre, with the sup­port of Cork County and City Coun­cils, the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices and the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, the pro­gramme now has over 1,500 busi­ness mem­bers na­tion­ally, over 500 suc­cess­ful syn­er­gies recorded to date, equat­ing to an es­ti­mated 22,000 tonnes of ma­te­rial di­verted from land­fill or recycling and a com­bined cost sav­ing for busi­nesses of over €4.4 mil­lion.

Michelle Green, project man­ager with SMILE Re­source Ex­change says of the win the en­tire team is de­lighted to be recog­nised by Pak­man. “We have worked hard to raise aware­ness of waste min­imi­sa­tion, up­cy­cling and re­use amongst busi­nesses all over Ire­land,” said Michelle.

“Th­ese events are so im­por­tant – not only for rais­ing the pro­file of en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious busi­nesses - but also for those who are play­ing their part well to meet and cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tion,” she added.

Sean O’Sul­li­van, Head of En­ter­prise, Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice South Cork and Chair­man of the SMILE Re­source Ex­change project said: “We have seen first­hand the eco­nomic ben­e­fits to busi­nesses of en­gag­ing with the SMILE Re­source Ex­change and strongly en­cour­age oth­ers to get in­volved”.

Pic­tured at the Pak­man Awards 2017 was Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment De­nis Naugh­ten TD with Michelle Green, Cather­ine Cork­ery, Julie Crow­leyand Cather­ine Costello from Mac­room E - SMILE Re­source Ex­change and Cir­cu­lar Ocean – win­ner of the Waste Pre­ven­tion Busi­ness cat­e­gory and Ke­iron Phillips (right). Pho­to­graph: Leon Far­rell MAC­ROOM PLOUGH­ING AGM was held in Cool­cower House re­cently. Timmy Cree­don chaired the elec­tion of of­fi­cers who are: Pres­i­dent: Ed­die McCul­lagh, Chair­man: Con­nie Buck­ley, Vice Chair­man: Daniel O’Rior­dan, Sec­re­tary: Rose­marie O’Rior­dan, Asst Sec: Wil­liam Lynch, Trea­surer: Matthew Coak­ley, Asst Trea­surer: Kieran Looney, PRO: Dan F O’Rior­dan / Breda Kelle­her.

Jerry Cot­ter, Michael O’Cal­laghan and Diar­muid Buck­ley who passed away dur­ing the past year, were all re­mem­bered kindly for their con­tri­bu­tion to Mac­room Plough­ing.

Ar dheis De go raibh a nana­macha dhilis.

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