Recycling champs gain shed

Councillor Gavin-Spud Jones (SBRC), Kate Berry (Blackbutt Primary P&C), Evelyn Green (Bunyanut Cafe) and Brett Jones (Hotel Radnor) with Blackbutt State School's recycling container. Picture: Contributed

Blackbutt State School students can now add a lesson about the importance of community alongside their knowledge about how to recycle.

The budding recycling champions are thrilled to be getting a shed built to house their Containers for Change recycling efforts.

This is thanks to the support from South Burnett Regional Council who had sponsored the school with a $3000 community grant to build the shed.

Councillor Gavin Jones encouraged the Blackbutt Primary P&C Association’s participation in the community grants program which is run in February and August each year.

“We are very thankful for SBRC’s contribution of $3000,” they said.

“We have used local supplier Kenny Topp to build our recycling shed to store our container donations in between trips to Kingaroy Containers for Change.”

Blackbutt State School launched their containers for change bin located on Crofton St last year in August 2020 with the community support of Bendigo Bank and Timbertown Woodworkers and again built and designed by local supplier Kenny Topp.

“We see this as a wonderful opportunity for our school community and wider community to support. We will not only see a positive impact on our environment, we will also see the containers for change program directly subsidising school programs and resources.”

Blackbutt Primary P&C Association have recently approached local businesses to support the school with Brett Jones from Hotel Radnor and Evelyn Green from Bunya Nut Café donating their containers to Blackbutt State School.

Kate Berry from Blackbutt Primary P&C Assoc. said “We started with a small idea with one class collecting containers in our school that grew into what we see today that is a sustainable income for our little school. We are very humbled by the community support we have received from our local council, local businesses, parent community and wider community.”

“If you would like to support Blackbutt State School, you can donate your cans and plastic bottles to the Blackbutt State School Containers for Change Recycle bin located on Crofton St in Blackbutt. Every 10cents counts!”

Community members are encouraged to donate their containers directly to a Containers for Change Depot and write the Blackbutt State School scheme number #C10181093 on your bag if they wish to contribute to the fundraising.