Refund scheme a busy success
MORE than 68,000 bottles, cans and other containers were exchanged for cash in an abnormal influx at Port Douglas Recycling last week.
Owner and director of the facility, Stacy Wilkinson said he’s been working around the clock to keep up with exchanges.
“As of Monday, since opening our doors I’ve processed 13,500 bottles and cans so far,” he said.
“It’s amazing to see it all go to the right place, rather than it end up in our environment.
“It’s all processed by myself and last week there was a day where we were getting filling up faster than we could empty.
“I had nothing to put the containers in so I had to shut an hour early.”
Mr Wilkinson said he was very pleased to have such a positive reception to the container refund scheme since it launched last November.
“Word of mouth has gotten across the river.
“People are coming down with enough containers to exchange to make the trip worth while,” he said.
“It’s been a huge success. I’m so stoked with the numbers.”
The Queensland container refund scheme collected just over 100 million container returns as of last week.
The scheme has returned around $10 million to the pockets of Queenslanders and created more than 500 jobs.
Cooper and Mia Ross-Reid will pocket some of the cash earnt from their container exchange.