Coast cashes in quick on recycling scheme
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 ersforchange.com.au 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.