Con­tainer vend­ing ma­chines sug­gested

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A PLAN to in­stall vend­ing ma­chines to ser­vice the state’s new con­tainer re­fund pol­icy may be the so­lu­tion to pre­vent­ing a build-up of rub­bish at drop sites.

In a meet­ing at Bowen last week, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil pro­posed the im­ple­men­ta­tion of au­to­mated col­lec­tion for cash units in­stead at com­mu­nity drop bins.

The coun­cil hopes that by mak­ing the prac­tice more con­ve­nient for peo­ple to use it will en­cour­age res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate.

“They are sim­i­lar to a vend­ing ma­chine and you put your can or bot­tle into the ma­chine and it reads the bar­code to make sure it’s an el­i­gi­ble prod­uct, then it tal­lies it all up and spits out money,” Cr Jan Clif­ford said.

“I’m think­ing we put them in su­per­mar­ket carparks where we have big stores.

“I don’t think the cur­rent col­lec­tion points are in con­ve­nient places for the av­er­age per­son.”

Cr Clif­ford said the idea came about fol­low­ing com­plaints from the pub­lic that rub­bish at drop sights was be­com­ing un­sightly.

She said res­i­dents had asked why these units aren’t used in the Whit­sun­days.

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