They raised €20,000 for Focus Ireland. By collecting and recycling plastic!

Irish environmental organisation, Repak and waste recovery operator Panda have taken part in a joint plastic recycling initiative and have raised a whopping €20,000 for the Irish Homeless.

At a time where homeless numbers are being bandied about by our politicians, these Irish organisations have rolled up their sleeves and hit the streets of Dublin.

The initiative was supported by Dublin city businesses and was launched in June last year. It encouraged local businesses, including offices, restaurants, bars, hotels and supermarkets, to collect their plastic recyclables in special recycling bags that were given out free of charge and collected by Panda staff on a daily basis.

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Over 2,300 bags were collected, with seven tonnes of plastic materials. Based on the volume of plastic recyclables collected, Repak and Panda each donated €10,000 to Focus Ireland, giving a combined total of €20,000.

Head of Marketing and Communications at Repak, Elaine Phillips said “We are delighted to make this joint donation with Panda today to Focus Ireland, in its life-changing work supporting families out of homelessness.

Eddie Moloney, Commercial Sales Manager at Panda added “We are delighted at the amount of support this initiative has had from businesses in Dublin….and we are only too pleased to donate €10,000 to Focus Ireland, in recognition of the amount of waste recycled, to support the important work they do in helping those families most in need. The outstanding level of support for the scheme has shown how committed Dublin businesses are to recycle more and we hope that this initiative will have a lasting impact on those who participated.”

Siofra Kelly, who is the Corporate Partnerships Officer at Focus Ireland was delighted.

“The €20,000 that has been donated by Repak and Panda as a result of the commitment that businesses in Dublin city centre have made to their innovative recycling initiative, will serve as a valuable reminder to those experiencing homelessness that they are not alone and that others care.

“Thank you to everyone involved and we are grateful for the difference you have all made.”

For more information on Repak, Panda, or Focus Ireland, visit repak.ie, panda.ie or focusireland.ie.