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Bamaga Enterprises pay homage to former Church Minister through recycling
Bamaga Enterprises has begun a recycling initiative that will raise money for a local cause, in addition to making a positive impact on the environment.
As part of the Containers for Change Scheme, 1000-litre donation pods are now located at Bamaga BP, Bamaga Tavern and Cape York Peninsula Lodge.
Auswaste Environmental Services collects the full pods every two to three weeks and provides a 10-cent refund to Bamaga Enterprises for every container that meets the Scheme’s criteria.
Bamaga Enterprises has nominated local churches as the recipients of the refunds collected, inspired by a former local Church Minister.
“In the 1990s, Father Brooks would visit the Tavern in the mornings to collect cans for cash, which were strewn all around the area,” said Robert Poi Poi, Chairperson of Bamaga Enterprises.
“As well as helping with tidying up, he would donate the recycling refunds to the church, so we think this is a wonderful way to honour his memory.”
Through Containers for Change, most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150 ml and three litres are eligible for a refund when returned to a container refund point. Some exclusions apply such as any plain milk containers, or glass containers that have contained wine or pure spirits.
According to Kenny Reid, Managing Director for Auswaste Environmental Services, Queensland has already seen a 35 percent reduction in beverage container litter since the Scheme’s launch in November 2018.
“For many rural and remote communities in Queensland that don’t have yellow-top curb-side recycling services, such as Bamaga, the Scheme gives access to recycling for the first time.
“We’re very proud to be a part of this change, servicing 23 communities along the Cape for a cleaner Queensland,” said Mr Reid.
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