Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­

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.

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