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Recycling collects another 10 years with IMPACT

IMPACT Community Services retains Council's confidence as another 10 year contract is approved to continue managing the Material Recovery Facility (MRF). IMPACT commenced partnership with Council to manage the facility after merging with Independence Incorporated in 2001, now we currently have 33 staff, including 27 people employed with disability under the Federal Government's Australian Disability Enterprise.

IMPACT Chief Executive, Tanya O'Shea, said it is fantastic news, especially for the workers. "It is great news for us all, for IMPACT, our workers and the whole community. Some of the employees at the facility have been with us for more than 30 years; they can now rest assured their jobs have been secured. IMPACT provides a supportive work environment helping our workers cope with day-to-day work life, overcome personal concerns, identify appropriate training, develop their skills and knowledge and increase their opportunities to participate in meaningful employment."

When Council's Waste and Recycling portfolio spokesperson, Cr Vince Habermann, announced the extension he said, "IMPACT has been doing a terrific job both as an Australian Disability Enterprise and in terms of the recycling outcomes being achieved. The staff at this facility, who hand sort recyclable items to ensure a clean and highly sought-after end product, are major contributors to Council's high recycling rates."

IMPACT's contract has been extended until December 19, 2025. In 2014 the facility processed 7500 tonnes of recyclable products including plastic, paper, cardboard, steel and aluminium. The new contract includes a skip bin service to complement the range of services already offered.

Tim Van Kooten, IMPACT's manager at the MRF, invites the community out to the centre to see how the process works. "Come and have a look around, it's the only free tour in town. If more people get to see what happens to their recycling, it just might reduce the amount of contamination in the bins."

To visit the recycling centre please contact Tim on 4155 3411