Recycling catches on at Mulgildie

North Burnett Recyclers CRP operator Ross Duncan with one of his first customers at Mulgildie. Picture: Contributed

Residents in the North Burnett now have greater access to recycling after a new Containers for Change refund point had recently opened at Mulgildie.

North Burnett Recyclers have already begun accepting containers at their depot on Monal Street.

The Containers for Change scheme provides a 10 cent refund for every eligible container collected and returned to a registered Containers Refund Point across Queensland.

The Wide Bay regions, of which the North Burnett area is part of, has now returned more than 250 million containers since the scheme began in November 2018.

That equates to more than $25 million in refunds claimed by individuals, charities, community groups, businesses and councils.

Ken Noye is the chief executive of Container Exchange, the not-for-profit organisation that administers the Containers for Change scheme.

“The opening of North Burnett Recyclers will give residents of Mulgildie and surrounding areas more convenience in claiming refunds through the Containers for Change scheme,” said Mr Noye.

“Together we are making a positive impact on the environment and local communities, but there is more work to do.

“The Containers for Change scheme has an ambitious target of collecting 85 per cent of all eligible beverage containers sold by 2022.

“With approximately one billion containers still ending up in landfill or the environment, that equates to more than $100 million in refunds still available to the community, community groups and businesses.”

Mulgildie residents can also choose to donate their refunds to local charities and community groups through the Containers for Change scheme.

By simply quoting the unique Scheme ID of their chosen charity organisation when returning containers, their donation refund will directly deposit into their account.

Opportunities to recycle through a Containers for Change refund point in the North Burnett area are also located at Monto, Mundubbera, Gayndah and Biggenden.