WINNER: Enviroguide Consulting
Enviroguide Consulting, launched by co-directors Jim Dowdall and Gillian Free, was appointed by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) to act as the sole environmental consultancy for the organisation.
It stepped into the position during a period of austerity, which saw staff shortages within the IPS and restricted recruitment throughout the public sector, making it difficult to prioritise continuous improvement in environmental management.
The company provides practical (often on-site) support services to guide clients through the processes of complying with regulatory consents, as well as waste management solutions.
JUDGES’ COMMENT: “The company showed good growth and good testimonials. Hats off to them for going into a difficult environment and improving waste management.”
The Enviroguide team worked alongside the IPS to understand its unique requirements in relation to waste management, and continue to work on the successful implementation of an environmental management system.
The IPS engaged Enviroguide to carry out an organisation-wide waste management review of all of its prisons in Ireland. The aim was to assess existing practices, done by spending time inside each prison, to gain first-hand experience of each area where waste is potentially generated.
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This would identify where improvements and efficiencies could be made to overall waste management systems. A key objective of the review was to ensure that current practices were in line with the waste hierarchy, as well as the Waste Management Act and other regulations.
Opportunities to improve segregation and recycling were identified for the IPS in order to reduce waste and increase recycling rates in the different prisons. Innovative on-site solutions will also provide an opportunity for work training for prisoners undergoing rehabilitation.
Enviroguide started with two members of staff in 2010 and now employs 11. It has a growing client base and plans to expand the team to 14 by the end of 2018. Turnover has grown year on year, and clients are in both the public and private sectors in Ireland.
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