Re­fund for rub­bish starts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

DOU­GLAS Shire lo­cals can now turn their re­cy­clable trash into trea­sure with the new con­tainer re­fund scheme kick­ing off to­day.

Res­i­dents can now trade in their empty cans and bot­tles for a cool 10c per con­tainer at a new re­cy­cling de­pot in Craiglie.

Stacy Wilkin­son, owner and di­rec­tor of Port Dou­glas Re­cy­cling said the con­tainer re­fund scheme will ed­u­cate lo­cals on re­cy­cling and al­low lo­cals to put cash in their back pocket.

“We’re aim­ing to help en­cour­age smart re­cy­cling,” Mr Wilkin­son said.

“Any­thing that has “10c” can be dropped off.

“We want to re­duce the amount that goes into house­hold re­cy­cling bins by 30 per cent.

“We’re tar­get­ing plas­tic bot­tles, they’re a ma­jor prob­lem you see so many plas­tic bot­tles along the road.”

Port Dou­glas Re­cy­cling is the only re­fund point in the Dou­glas Shire. The de­pot is lo­cated at Shed 13, 709 Pi­o­neer Cl Craiglie and the fa­cil­ity will op­er­ate from 10am to 4pm ev­ery­day ex­cept Tues­day.

Prices for some drinks are ex­pected to rise slightly to fund the scheme but Mr Wilkin­son said that money can be made back.

“Hope­fully peo­ple will start to think ‘my rub­bish is worth money’ and that should be enough in­cen­tive for them to start re­cy­cling,” Mr Wilkin­son said.

“It doesn’t mat­ter where it comes from, as long as it comes off our beaches.”

The re­cy­cling de­pot plans to sup­port lo­cal char­i­ties through a do­na­tion box.

“You have the op­tion of putting the re­cy­clables in the char­ity bin and what­ever amount is re­funded from that will go to a char­ity,” Mr Wilkin­son said.

“This month will be Paws and Claws, and it will ro­tate from month to month.

“We want the money that is re­funded here lo­cally to be spent here lo­cally, to give back to the com­mu­nity, it’s a win­win.”

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the re­fund scheme was a great ini­tia­tive to re­duce lit­ter­ing.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery­one, par­tic­u­larly com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses that do not have ac­cess to kerb­side re­cy­cling, to em­brace this scheme and sup­port the lo­cal busi­ness spear­head­ing it in Dou­glas Shire.”

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Stacy Wilkin­son, owner and di­rec­tor of Port Dou­glas Re­cy­cling, with some re­fund­able con­tain­ers as part of the con­tainer re­fund scheme.

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