Cans a con­ver­sa­tion starter

Mak­ing a change with re­cy­cling

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - AN­NIE PERETS an­[email protected]­coastchron­i­

BE­COM­ING a drop-off point for re­cy­clable con­tain­ers has opened a por­tal for Bay­side Chris­tian Church to help more peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Pas­tor Peter Ford said hun­dreds of peo­ple had stopped by in the past five weeks to drop off bot­tles and cans as part of the new Con­tain­ers for Change scheme.

This has led to peo­ple open­ing up about their life strug­gles and just hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with staff at the church which aims to play a pos­i­tive role in fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity.

“We have prayed with some of the peo­ple who are go­ing through dif­fi­cult times,” Mr Ford said.

“We used the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect them to ser­vices in the com­mu­nity.”

Ps Ford es­ti­mates be­tween 500-1000 peo­ple have vis­ited the drop-off cen­tre since the Con­tain­ers for Change pro­gram was in­tro­duced.

Those who bring re­cy­clable con­tain­ers in have a sticker placed on their cor­re­spond­ing bags so they will get their money back later.

After the items go through the re­cy­cling cen­tre in Mary­bor­ough, money then gets de­posited into the dif­fer­ent ac­counts.

Funds can also be do­nated to

the church to cover one of it’s many arms, Bay­side Kids which runs out of school care on week­days and through­out the school hol­i­days.

“Peo­ple are us­ing their money from turn­ing their con­tain­ers in for all sorts of dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” he said.

“There have been par­ents and grand­par­ents turn­ing the con­tain­ers into pocket money for their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”

Most alu­minium, glass, plas­tic, steel and liq­uid pa­per board bev­er­age con­tain­ers be­tween 150ml and three litres are el­i­gi­ble for a 10c re­fund when re­turned to a con­tainer re­fund point.

Drop off points on the Fraser Coast

● U Can Re­cy­cle at 929 Pialba Bur­rum Heads Road, Craig­nish (Tues­days 8am-10am)

● Clean­away Her­vey Bay CRP at 9 In­dus­trial Av­enue, Dun­dowran

(8am-4pm Mon­day-Fri­day)

● U Can Re­cy­cle at Cor­ner North and Banksia Street, Point Vernon

(Wed­nes­days 8am-10am)

● Bay­side Chris­tian Church at 18 Neil Street , Pialba

(9am-4.30pm Mon­day-Fri­day)

● Night Owl at 74 Bide­ford Street, Torquay

(6am to 12am seven days a week)

● U Can Re­cy­cle at 79 Wil­liams Street, Howard

(11.30am-12.30pm ev­ery 2nd and 4th Sun­day each month)

● Her­vey Bay Sports Club at 133-149 Trav­i­s­tock St, Torquay

( Mon­days 8am-10am, 7a,-10am Thurs­day -Fri­day)

● Torquay Ho­tel at 421 Charl­ton Esplanade, Torquay (Satur­days 10am-noon)

● U Can Re­cy­cle at 300 Kent St, Mary­bor­ough

(Tues­days 9.30am-3pm, Wed­nes­day-Thurs­day 9am-6pm, Fri­days 9am-3pm)

● Life­line at 20 Gympie Road, Ti­nana

(8.30am-4.30pm Mon­dayFri­day, 9am-2pm on week­ends)

● U Can Re­cy­cle at 3 Kingston Drive, Mary­bor­ough

(9am-4pm Mon­day-Wed­nes­day, 9.30am-5.30pm Thurs­dayFri­day, Satur­days 8am-2pm, Sun­days 11.30am-4.30pm

Photo: An­nie Perets

CHRIST­MAS CHEER: Bay­side Chris­tian Church Pas­tor Peter Ford is en­joy­ing the op­por­tu­nity to meet with the com­mu­nity through the Con­tain­ers for Change pro­gram.

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