Recycling & Collections
The Bundaberg Recycling & Collection Centre is managed by IMPACT Community Services on behalf of Bundaberg Regional Council. The on-site manager, Tim Van Kooten, leads a team of dedicated supervisors to ensure day-to-day tasks are carried out in a safe and supported environment.
A total of 27 workers with disability are employed through the Department of Social Services Australian Disability Enterprise initiative to work within the facility, and are assisted by IMPACT support workers to provide training and support both on and off the premises. The assistance provided is not all about work, and includes activities such as driver education, living and lifestyle skilling, cooking, computer skills and community access. As of 2014, all workers are assessed under the productivity-based Supported Wage System and assessed annually by independently appointed assessors to provide a fairer and more uniform assessment process.
All the workers at the recycling centre are extremely proud of the contribution they make to the community and the environment, and if the smiles at the end of each week are any indication, Bundaberg can rest assured that we really are making a difference.
The Bundaberg Recycling Centre receives 40 council recycling truck loads delivered for processing each week, equalling 8,000 tonnes (equivalent to 727 passenger buses) of recyclable waste that is handled and sold each year, both in Australia and overseas.
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IMPACT adheres to the framework provided by Human Services Quality Standards (QLD) and is working within the framework of the Queensland Disability Service Standards.