Re-turn Launches New Children’s Charity Initiative

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Re-turn Launches New Children’s Charity Initiative

Re-turn has today launched ‘Return for Children’, which will see the organisation partner with events to raise money for six children’s charities.

The charities working with Re-turn are Barnardos Ireland, Barretstown, Childline by ISPCC, the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

This is the first time that these six charities have come together under an umbrella campaign.

Working with large-scale events, such as festivals, concerts and sports matches, ‘Return for Children’ offers the attendees of participating events the chance to donate their bottle and can deposits to the charities.

This is done by returning drinks containers to designated Re-turn bins, from where they will be recycled as part of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), and their deposits donated.


The monies raised through the initiative will be equally divided among the charity partners.

Collectively, the charities represent over 165,000 service users around Ireland.

These service users are made up of vulnerable children affected by poverty, abuse, neglect, bereavement, and serious childhood illness.

‘Return for Children’ will be in operation this summer at Taste of Dublin, Electric Picnic and the National Ploughing Championships.

Event organisers hoping to get involved in the scheme can get in touch with Re-turn via [email protected].


‘Make A Positive Difference’

Speaking about the launch, the chief executive of Re-turn, Ciaran Foley, said, “We are delighted to announce our new initiative with six of Ireland’s national children’s charities.

“This campaign will initially be rolled out across large-scale events, allowing visitors to donate to these worthy charities, if they wish to do so.

“The donation stations will give attendees the chance to make a positive difference to children in local communities up and down the country by donating their bottles and cans.

“Consumers still have the option to bring their empty plastic bottles and cans back to their nearest deposit return points, to get their money back.

“Today’s announcement forms part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Ireland, and we look forward to working with more local community programmes in the coming months.”


The six charities welcomed the introduction of the scheme in a joint statement, noting, ‘We are incredibly proud to come together as a unified group of six national Children’s Charities under the “Return for Children” initiative.

‘This marks the first time all six Children’s Charities are partnering on a single campaign.

‘Our collaboration with Re-turn demonstrates our shared commitment to supporting vulnerable children and those with serious illnesses across Ireland, while also promoting environmental sustainability.

‘By donating your bottles and cans at participating stadiums and events, your efforts will have a direct impact on the lives of children in need.

‘We urge the public to join us in this innovative effort, using the Re-turn bins at major events to help create a caring future for our children and our planet.’

Read More: Re-turn Reports Record 3.5m Containers Returned On Bank Holiday Monday

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