Five million containers, and still counting
CHINCHILLA residents have proved they are embracing the Containers for Change scheme, collecting more than five million containers since the site opened just over 10 months ago.
Western Downs Outreach Project Inc manager Jason Vella operates the container refund point in Chinchilla, and he said the response from the community has been overwhelming.
"It's been great to see first-hand how the community have embraced the scheme,” Mr Vella said.
"It's because of this response that we extended our operating hours. When we first started, we were open five days a week and now are open seven... We are a social enterprise and something that aligns with our interests is job creation, especially for youth in the region. Currently, we have eight employees aged under 26 employed and hope to see this number grow in time.”
Chief Executive Officer of Container Exchange Ken Noye, the not-for-profit organisation that delivers the scheme, commends Chinchilla and surrounds on their recycling efforts and uptake of the scheme.
"This result means more than $500,000 has been injected back into the community, which is a great result, not just for the community, but the local environment,” Mr Noye said.
"We're seeing tangible results - an uptake in recycling, which means less litter making its way to landfill and the environment, in addition to the economic benefits the scheme has created.”
The Containers for Change scheme encourages Queenslanders to reduce litter and increase recycling across the state by returning eligible containers for a 10c refund.
Western Downs Outreach Project's Containers for Change depot is at 19 Malduf Street, Chinchilla and is open seven days a week, from 8.30am-6pm.
They also offer a mobile and pop-up service in Jandowae, Kogan, Miles, Tara, Taroom and Wandoan.