Conscientious business wants to talk trash
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.”
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.