Irish packaging recycling scheme, Repak, and leading waste operator, Panda, have today announced a new joint initiative to support Focus Ireland in its efforts to assist families, young people and children at risk or affected by homelessness.

The initiative, aimed at all commercial businesses in Dublin’s city centre, will encourage offices, shops, restaurants, bars, hotels and supermarkets to collect their plastic recyclables in specially commissioned recycling bags. The bags, which will be provided at no cost, will be collected when full and in return, Repak and Panda Greenstar will donate to Focus Ireland based on the volume collected. The initiative, which will run for six months, aims to raise much needed funds for Focus Ireland in its work to combat and prevent homelessness.

Businesses in Dublin city centre can feel assured that by pledging their support to the initiative, they are not only playing their part to recycle more and protect Ireland’s environment for future generations, but they are also providing invaluable support to those in need.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Séamus Clancy, CEO of Repak said: ‘We are delighted to partner with Panda Greenstar and support Focus Ireland, an organisation that provides vital services to those in need of their support.  We encourage all businesses in Dublin city centre to pledge their support to the initiative and dispose of all recyclable plastic waste correctly using Panda Greenstar’s special edition waste bags to do so. Repak has over 3,000 members, many of whom operate in the city centre and we encourage them to further their contribution to the environment by partaking in this very worthwhile initiative.’

Eddie Moloney, Commercial Sales Manager, Panda Greenstar added: ‘I am delighted to be here today to launch this new fundraising drive and to officially thank the team at Repak for their support. Ireland is currently one of the top performing countries in the EU for packaging recycling, but with recycling rates set to increase over the coming years, we hope that this new initiative will encourage Dublin city centre businesses to recycle more, with the knowledge that they are providing financial support to families in need by doing so’.

Liz Logan, Major Gift Manager, Focus Ireland concluded: ‘We are thrilled that Repak and Panda Greenstar have chosen us as the charity partner for their new fundraising initiative. The funds raised from this new drive will make a huge difference to the people that we support. Focus Ireland is committed to preventing homelessness and providing permanent homes for individuals, families and young people. Currently, we move one family into a home every day. The financial contribution and support from Repak and Panda Greenstar help us achieve this. Thank you so much to all involved.’

For more information about Repak and Focus Ireland, visit repak.ie or focusireland.ie.