Coast cashes in quick on re­cy­cling scheme

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - BILL HOFF­MAN bill.hoff­man@sc­

ONE Sun­shine Coast con­tainer re­fund fa­cil­ity has col­lected more than 60,000 items in just a few days since open­ing busi­ness, rep­re­sent­ing a re­turn of $6000 to ei­ther in­di­vid­u­als or char­i­ties.

Over­all since the scheme opened, two Sun­shine Coast fa­cil­i­ties have col­lected al­most 100,000 items.

Queens­lan­ders can now re­ceive 10 cents for each con­tainer re­turned or di­rect the money to char­ity.

Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and the Great Bar­rier Reef Leeanne Enoch said it was won­der­ful that the com­mu­nity was get­ting on board with the scheme that kicked off on No­vem­ber 1.

“Con­tain­ers for Change has had a won­der­ful re­sponse across Queens­land,” she said.

Ms Enoch said the scheme would in­crease re­cy­cling and help re­duce lit­ter on the beaches and en­vi­ron­ment gen­er­ally.

“As more Queens­lan­ders par­tic­i­pate and the scheme grows, we ex­pect more re­fund sites will be es­tab­lished across the state,” she said. “I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to reg­is­ter on­line for a scheme ID so you can get the re­fund di­rectly back into your bank ac­count.

“I also urge any com­mu­nity groups or char­i­ties to sign-up at the Con­tain­ers for Change web­site if they are in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing do­na­tions.”

Alby Tay­lor, chair of Con­tainer Ex­change, the or­gan­i­sa­tion tasked with es­tab­lish­ing and run­ning the Con­tainer Re­fund Scheme, said its net­work had launched with more than 230 re­fund points through­out Queens­land, a num­ber ex­pected to grow to more than 300.

Craig McDougall, de­pot su­per­vi­sor for TOMRA Kunda Park, said that af­ter all the hard work put in to get their 10 re­cy­cling cen­tres oper­a­tional from day one, it had been fan­tas­tic to see an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse.

Sun­shine Coast An­i­mal Refuge was one of the char­i­ties to ben­e­fit from the scheme.

Vice pres­i­dent and trea­surer Penny Brischke said it would de­liver a much-needed fundrais­ing boost to con­tinue its valu­able work with an­i­mal res­cue.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the scheme visit www.con­tain ers­for­ or phone 13 42 42.

EASY MONEY: TOMRA na­tional di­rec­tor of au­to­mated de­pots Lau­rie Minto with Sun­shine Coast An­i­mal Refuge vice pres­i­dent Penny Brischke and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Leeanne Enoch at a con­tainer re­fund sta­tion.

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