SMILE Resource Exchange, a project managed by Macroom E has been announced as winner of the Pakman Waste Prevention Business Award. This year’s awards ceremony, which took place 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.
SMILE Resource Exchange is Ireland’s national industrial symbiosis programme providing a platform for businesses to connect and identify synergies where a waste in one business can be a resource in another. SMILE was established in 2010 by Macroom E with the support of Cork County and City Council, the Local Enterprise Offices and the Environmental Protection Agency. Today the programme has over 1,400 businesses actively engaging and benefiting from the programme. Since 2010, 300+ successful synergies have been recorded equating to an estimated 8,000+ tonnes of material and a combined cost saving for businesses of over €2.1 million.
The Pakman Awards which are run by Repak, seek to recognise complete excellence in the environmental approach taken by a business, organisation or community group in all aspects of their operations. Sean O’Sullivan, Chairperson of SMILE and Head of Enterprise at LEO South Cork said “Cork County Council has recently launched its Local Economic and Community Plan and in this, one of the key tenets is working towards a circular economy model. The hard work of the SMILE project helping businesses move towards a circular economy has rightfully been honoured with a Pakman Award. As chairperson of SMILE, we are delighted to be involved in the programme and urge businesses to get involved”.
Michelle Green, Project Manager for SMILE added “We are delighted to win the Pakman Award this year. The programme has gone from strength to strength and the award has highlighted the positive environmental and economic impact SMILE has had on businesses and organisations across Ireland”.
SMILE is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Local Enterprise Offices, Southern Region Waste Management Office, Eastern Midlands Waste Management Office, Connacht Ulster Waste Management Office and South Dublin County Council.