The Central Highlands is celebrating the first anniversary of the Containers for Change scheme with a milestone and the region’s recycling efforts will not stop there.
An incredible 11.8 million containers have been recycled through the Emerald Return-It Depot in the past year, according to Return-It Queensland.
Central Highlands Regional Council Acting General Manager Communities Kirstin Byrne said the achievement was something for everyone to be proud of.
‘The outstanding results we’ve had in the first year of the scheme has seen more than $1.1 million returned to our communities,’ Ms Byrne said.
‘Local charities and community groups are also seeing the benefits of this refund scheme, with some raising thousands of dollars.’
CQ Pet Rescue has raised just shy of $15,000 since beginning its Containers for Change campaign.
President Tyneisha Winn said the campaign made a big difference for the not-for-profit organisation, who used the funds to pay vet and utility bills, transport animals and buy food, toys and bedding when other donations ran low.
‘We are very grateful for all the donations we have received, and continue to receive, from the public and small local businesses over the past year,’ Ms Winn said.
‘The Maraboon Tavern has been one of our biggest supporters by donating all of their bottles to us, as well as Emerald Rams who allow us to collect their bottles at home games.’
Ms Winn also acknowledged Selwyn Nutley and his grandson Blake who volunteered every week to collect bottles and take them to the Emerald Return-It Depot on CQ Pet Rescue’s behalf.
‘It really goes to show how amazing and generous our little community is,’ Ms Winn said.
Council’s Acting General Manager Communities Kirstin Byrne said people in the Central Highlands were encouraged to make the most of recycling opportunities.
‘The community’s support of CQ Pet Rescue shows just how enthusiastic people are about recycling and protecting the environment,’ Ms Byrne said.
‘That’s why council is linking up with the Mobile Muster initiative to offer free recycling for mobile phone and accessories.
‘Over 90 percent of the plastics and metals in the mobile are recovered and used to make plastic fence posts, stainless steel and jewellery.
‘Council is also investigating potential recycling opportunities at our region’s bin stations, so keep an eye on council’s website for more information.’