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