The Scrap Shack’s re­ally clean­ing up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

SINCE open­ing in early June, the Scrap Shack at Kil­laloe has proven a hit with lo­cals.

In its first month of op­er­a­tion, 3½ tonnes of trash be­came trea­sure for thrifty hunters, who took on goods that would have oth­er­wise ended up in land­fill.

“The Scrap Shack is ba­si­cally a drop off shed where peo­ple can drop off things they no longer want which the think might be use­ful,” said Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties man­ager Paul Hoye.

“At the mo­ment it’s free of charge, peo­ple just come and they go ‘I’d like that 21-set LP of Elvis’s great­est hits’, and they take that home and it gets reused.”

While not ev­ery­one will have the good for­tune of stum­bling over an unloved col­lec­tion of fine Amer­i­can mu­sic, turnover has proven to be high as the com­mu­nity gets on board.

“The com­mu­nity love it and it ba­si­cally runs on com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.”

The Scrap Shack is open from 10am-4pm on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Satur­days and Sun­days and vis­i­tors are to exit via the weigh­bridge so vol­umes leav­ing the site can be recorded.

Vis­i­tors are able to drop off items for the Scrap Shack at the top of the dis­posal bays, next to the oil shed, at any time dur­ing Kil­laloe’s open­ing hours.

Vis­i­tors are to ad­vise the weigh­bridge if they in­tend on drop­ping off items so they can be recorded.

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