Two local businesses focused on recycling have teamed up to make turning household containers into currency even more accessible for the area’s coastal community.
With a specially modified 40ft shipping container, IMPACT Community Services and Green Solutions Wide Bay have opened a new Containers for Change redemption point located at 417 Windermere Road, Qunaba.
The container return point has been equipped with solar energy with a backup battery system.
It will create six jobs for the local population.
Local business partners of Containers For Change
IMPACT Community Services already coordinates a Containers for Change site on University Drive in Bundaberg and manages the Bundaberg Regional Council’s materials recovery facility.
Social Enterprise Director Rob Henderson said the collaboration demonstrates a commitment to recycling and will result in great environmental outcomes as well as job opportunities.
“This new redemption point will be operated by IMPACT in addition to the redemption point at University Drive,” Rob said.
“IMPACT hopes the Qunaba site will make recycling containers for change more convenient for residents across the region.”
Green Solutions Wide Bay Managing Director Nathan Freeman said he was delighted with the new partnership.
“This partnership will benefit the environment and our wider region, which is at the heart of our business.”
Opening hours will be Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Qunaba Containers for Change headquarters can be contacted on 0418 800 398.
About containers for change
The Containers for Change program in Queensland is managed and funded by Container Exchange (COEX), a not-for-profit organization.
Under the scheme, residents can bring their eligible containers, which usually display a 10c redemption mark, to a container redemption point to redeem their recyclables.
Community members can request this cashback, or they can sign up for a Program ID and choose the cashback to go to their bank account, PayPal, or a favorite cause.
This innovative and collaborative approach to the mobile container return point is considered the first of its kind for the COEX.
For more information click here or call 4304 8135.
Residents can search here for nearby Containers for Change locations.