Smiles all round as centre picks up award
MACROOM’S SMILE RESOURCE EXCHANGE WINS WASTE PREVENTION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
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.
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