Re­fund scheme a busy suc­cess

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

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.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Cooper and Mia Ross-Reid will pocket some of the cash earnt from their con­tainer ex­change.

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