A BALBRIGGAN-based company has beaten off stiff competition to scoop a topal Repak Award in recognition of its commitment to sustainability.
Arvato Hightech claimed the Best Member Award, sponsored by Arthur Cox, at the 2012 Repak Recycling Awards which took place at Croke Park stadium, . The Repak Recycling Week awards honour Repak members who have made major contributions to Ireland's environment through sustainable business practises and recycling. arvato was recognised for its commitment to reducing packaging waste through its pioneering 'Project Icarus' initiative which aimed to reduce packaging by 20%.
The Fingal company provides a range of services and solutions to the IT and high-tech sectors and employer of 1,200 people in the Republic of Ireland. In 2011 arvato implemented 'Project Icarus' with the aim of reducing the packaging used to ship a pallet of product by at least 20% without affecting the performance of the pallet. Through this initiative, it succeeded in reducing packaging by over 40 tonnes and saved many thousands of euro in packaging costs.
Meanwhile, another finalist from the Fingal area was the Health Store, which opened in Swords in 1982 and the business has gradually grown to 10 stores in the group today. In 2011 The Health Store improved their waste management practice by requesting the minimum amount of packaging from their suppliers, taking back pharmaceutical bottles and increasing the amount of packaging they recycle. They also re-designed some of their packaging to use lighter materials with less ink and involved all staff in all stores in an environmental.