BOXES FULL TO BURST
SIGNS on the door of Lifeline and on the Containers for Change collection bin state the recycling facility is full, with the charity apologising to customers for the inconvenience.
At just shy of two months since its launch, the Containers for Change initiative is well under way, with locals able to return their used bottles for credit.
While the exact date is not confirmed, staff said it would be back in operation by midJanuary and was not accepting containers.
Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield said the facility was not suitable for bulk deposits.
“The number of containers being deposited at the moment has far exceeded our expectations over the Christmas period,” he said. “Again I need to stress that the Dalby site is only an express site and is not a depot as exists in Toowoomba.
“We only have limited capacity to receive containers,” he said.
The Containers for Change apparatus at Lifeline is run by third party Return-it and works by refunding cash into an account holder’s balance.
Unlike larger facilities that can accommodate large hauls, the 10ft cargo container in Dalby does not.
Mr Tuffield said he was interested in establishing a larger facility that would handle a greater number of containers.
“I’m in discussion with Return-it to look to establish a site in Dalby,” he said.
“We were only ever an express site and hoped a depot would be established by another organisation but that hasn’t happened.”
Locals who want to dispose of their recyclable containers may do so at the Toowoomba facility.
NO ROOM AT THE INN: A sign up at Lifeline states the Containers for Change facility is at capacity until after the new year.