MP: more refund sites are needed
AS IPSWICH embraces Queensland’s new container refund scheme, Charis Mullen is calling for more container refund points in Springfield.
The member for Jordan wrote to Ken Noye the CEO of Container Exchange Ltd this week asking for more recycling sites in the Greater Springfield and Greater Flagstone areas.
“I have been contacted by a number of my constituents who are keen to embrace the new Containers Refund Scheme but are frustrated with the limited options available and the distances required to travel to return eligible containers,” Ms Mullen wrote.
In her letter, Ms Mullen said Springfield was a fast growing electorate with an estimated population of 36,000 people expected to grow to 115,000 by 2036.
She wants to make sure future planning for container refund points (CRP) include her electorate.
“With COEX’s ambitious target to raise beverage container recycling recovery rates in Queensland to 85 per cent by 2022, areas of high population growth should be targeted in any planning that COEX is doing to support the establishment of future CRP sites.”
Currently, there is only one location in Springfield where you can drop bottles, the Night Owl at Springfield Lakes.
Ms Mullen is keen to work with any companies interested in becoming a container refund point.
Container Exchange Ltd has been contacted for comment.
Containers for Change at West Ipswich.