Con­sci­en­tious busi­ness wants to talk trash

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Alex Treacy alex.treacy@cnbtimes.com.au

EIDSVOLD on the Cor­ner Mo­tel and Cafe owner Dianne Wilson says she is a “bit of a hippy”, but it wasn’t un­til ide­al­is­tic young barista Malitha Cooper started work­ing for her that she re­ally be­came pas­sion­ate about re­cy­cling.

The duo’s ef­forts are plain to see.

On the counter sits a holder of colour­ful paper straws and above the colds cabi­net, a sheaf of brown paper bags for take­away or­ders.

In the cor­ner, a rack of se­cond-hand clothes are for sale.

And when the kitchen has spent tins of pineap­ple and beet­root, in­stead of bin­ning them, a han­dle is pop-riv­eted into the side and they’re sold as feed or cof­fee scoops.

“It (re­cy­cling) is the right thing to do when you’re the owner of a busi­ness,” Mrs Wilson said.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Cooper though, re­cy­cling is “trend­ing... but it’s not hap­pen­ing out here.”

The duo claims there are bar­ri­ers al­most ev­ery time they wish to re­duce their eco­log­i­cal foot­print.

For in­stance, Mrs Wilson and hus­band An­drew run chick­ens and the Eidsvold on the Cor­ner pro­duces a sur­feit of or­ganic mat­ter per­fect for a hun­gry chicken’s belly.

How­ever, legally or­ganic mat­ter can­not be re­moved from the premises, nor can they com­post or have a worm farm, so it all goes in the reg­u­lar bin to de­com­pose in land­fill, re­leas­ing meth­ane as it does so.

The North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil doesn’t of­fer glass re­cy­cling, so they would like to utilise the Con­tain­ers for Change scheme, but the con­trac­tor, U Can Re­cy­cle Ru­ral Con­tainer Muster, doesn’t visit Eidsvold, so they would have to drive to Mun­dub­bera, which Mrs Wilson says is pro­hib­i­tive for a busi­ness-owner on a Satur­day.

“It’s ex­pen­sive to be en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious,” Ms Cooper said.

She be­lieves the costs are put back on to the con­sumer, whereas it should be govern­ment which takes the lead.

Ms Cooper stresses, how­ever, that she and Mrs Wilson are firmly from the “live and let live” school of thought.

“I don’t want to push it on peo­ple. I just want to get the con­ver­sa­tion started,” she said.

Mrs Wilson agrees. “Just be­cause we are in­ter­ested, doesn’t mean ev­ery­one has to be,” she said.

“No one wants to wreck the land for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“What world are we cre­at­ing for our grand­chil­dren?

“You can build mountains when you work to­gether.”

PHOTO: ALEX TREACY

CON­VER­SA­TION STARTER: Eidsvold on the Cor­ner Mo­tel and Cafe's Dianne Wilson and Malitha Cooper want to start a con­ver­sa­tion about re­cy­cling in our area.

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