Dublin businesses helped raise more than €20,000 for Focus Ireland in 2019, thanks to a joint initiative by environmental not-for-profit organisation Repak and waste recovery operator Panda.

The initiative launched in June 2019 and encouraged commercial businesses across Dublin city, including offices, restaurants, bars, hotels and supermarkets, to collect their plastic recyclables in specially commissioned recycling bags which were provided free of charge and collected by Panda staff daily.

A significant number of businesses got involved over the six-month duration of the initiative, filling a total of over 2,300 bags 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. This donation will allow Focus Ireland to work with 17 households, under its Support to Live Independently programme, helping them to move into their own home and ensure they have the resources they need to settle into their new community.

Elaine Phillips, Head of Marketing and Communications at Repak, 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 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, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Focus Ireland, said: “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.”

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