IMPACT Community Services Embraces Expansion of Queensland’s Containers for Change Scheme

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Lee Davey, a vital member of IMPACT Community Services’ award-winning Containers for Change team, is poised to shatter collection records this summer.

Recently honoured as the Small Operator of the Year at the 2023 Changemaker Awards, IMPACT’s dedicated team is all set for a significant expansion of the Containers for Change Scheme. This expansion, effective from November 1, now includes wine and spirit bottles.

The scheme, which refunds 10 cents for each eligible bottle, has already returned more than $630 million since its launch in 2018.

Lee and her team are committed to providing excellent service at IMPACT’s two Container Refund Points located at 417 Windermere Rd, Qunaba and 78 University Drive, Bundaberg.

Tanya O’Shea, IMPACT’s Managing Director, shares Lee’s excitement about the scheme’s expansion.

“We know summer is always the busiest time of the year for our CRP teams and with the expansion we think this year will be the busiest yet,” Mrs O’Shea said.

“It benefits both our environment and community. By recycling with IMPACT, you’re making a difference in multiple ways.”

Operating two strategically placed Container Refund Points as part of its Recycling Social Enterprise, IMPACT champions environmental sustainability while also promoting community growth by providing employment opportunities for about 25 supported employees.

“Our Container Refund Points are more than just recycling centres,” Mrs O’Shea explained.

“They’re spaces where environmental care intersects with community support.”

To simplify the recycling process, IMPACT encourages everyone to download the Containers for Change app. For information on how to do this go to www.containersforchange.com.au/

For more information about IMPACT's Container Refund Points, visit Containers for Change - Impact Community Services

Two local businesses dedicated to recycling, have teamed up to make turning your containers into change even more accessible for the region’s coastal community.

With a specifically-modified 40ft shipping container, IMPACT Community Services and Green Solutions Wide Bay have opened a new Containers for Change refund point which is located at 417 Windermere Road, Qunaba.

The Refund Point container has been fitted out with solar power complete with a back-up battery system. The refund Point will create 6 employment positions for local people.

The Containers for Change scheme in Queensland is run and founded by Container Exchange (COEX), a not-for-profit organisation.

Under the scheme, residents can take their eligible containers (which generally display a 10c refund mark) to a refund point to cash in their recyclables.

You can request this refund via cash, or you can sign up for a scheme ID and choose to get your refund paid to your bank account, PayPal or favourite cause.

This innovative and collaborative approach to the mobile container refund point is understood to be the first of its kind for COEX.

It will be stationed at Green Solutions Wide Bay’s state-of-the-art open windrow composting facility on Windermere Rd and operated by IMPACT Community Services.

Opening times will be Monday to Friday 8.00am till 3.30pm and Saturdays 9.30 till 1.30pm.

Green Solutions provides Wide Bay residents with a free and convenient green waste drop-off and disposal site that turns green waste into compost.

Nathan Freeman, General Manager at Green Solutions Wide Bay, said: "we are super excited to be working with such a wonderful local organisation in IMPACT Community Services. This partnership will benefit the environment and our wider region, which is the heart of our business."

IMPACT Community Services social enterprises manager Rob Henderson commended Green Solutions Wide Bay for their commitment to recycling and collaboration, helping bring great results for the environment and job opportunities to the region.

This new Refund Point will be run by IMPACT in addition to the refund point at University Drive.

IMPACT hopes the Qunaba site will make recycling containers for change more convenient for residents throughout the region.

For more information visit https://greensolutionswidebay.com.au/ or phone 0418 800 398.

Further details about Containers for Change are available at https://www.containersforchange.com.au/qld/

IMPACT Community Services is encouraging Bundaberg residents to recycle their containers in exchange for the opportunity to win one of two $50 WISH vouchers (valid at a wide range of shops including Woolworths & Big W).

Throughout the months of April and May, all customers who recycle their containers at our Container Refund Point located at 78 University Drive can opt to enter the competition.

Ensuring you’re in the draw is easy; simply fill out the entry form when you drop off your bottles.

Entries are only open to container refund point customers - one entry per visit.

IMPACT’s container refund point is open from 7.30am-4pm weekdays (last customer received at 3.30pm) and 8am-midday on Saturdays.

Terms & Conditions

 Anyone (except IMPACT staff & their immediate families) is eligible to win.

Prizes will be drawn on 2 May 2022 & 6 June 2022. 

Winners will be notified via the phone number provided on their entry form. 

The results will also be published on IMPACT’s Facebook page.

If the winner does not claim the prize within 4 weeks of being notified, the prize will be redrawn.  

This competition is run by IMPACT Community Service’s Marketing and Communications department.

All sections of the form must be completed in order for the entry to be valid.

The region's can-do attitude to recycling is undoubtedly growing!

IMPACT Community Services' Container Refund Point on University Dr has witnessed a massive increase throughout the last year and December with more than a 100% increase.

IMPACT's Enterprises General Manager Robert Henderson said according to the COEX figures we had an "exceptional December" with figures up 180% on the previous year at the CRP.

He said throughout 2021 we also achieved a 108% increase on the previous year.

"This shows that recycling is being taken up by the Local Community," he said.

When you recycle with Containers for Change, you get a 10-cent refund for every eligible container you return.

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a 10 cent refund - they typically have a 10c refund mark on them.

You can check the eligibility by visiting the Containers for Change here.

Some of the items that are not eligible include:

IMPACT's Container Refund Point is located at 78 University Dr and open from 7.30am to 4pm on weekdays and 8am to midday on Saturdays.

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