Business starts recycling movement to benefit kids

IN JUST under three months a local South Burnett business has already made a huge impact on the environment.

Toyworld Kingaroy has previously given back to charity organisations that support children such as SIDS for Kids and the Red Nose Day.

However, after feedback that the Containers for Change program in Kingaroy didn’t accept bottle lids, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Retail assistant at Toyworld Kingaroy Jess Porter said she was inspired to started a collection point for Lids for Kids after seeing multiple advertisements on social media.

“We thought there had to be a better way to get rid of the bottle caps that were more environmentally friendly,” Mrs Porter said.

“There had been a few articles on Facebook on what can be done to reduce the waste such as donating bottle lids to Envision Hands.

“They are a charity organisation based at Melbourne who turn bottle caps into prosthetic hands for kids in underprivileged countries around the world,” Mrs Porter said.

Before the Toy Shop became a collection point, the closet one was based at Chinchilla.

Mrs Porter said she was surprised by the traction they had already gained in the South Burnett.

“We didn’t know how much interest we would generate from the public at first,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Now we have had an overwhelming amount of support from the local community and have 4 boxes full.

“Schools and individuals are also collecting the bottle caps for us,” she said.

As part of the collection process, Mrs Porter said Envision Hands would only accept recycled plastics numbers two and four and people could find the symbols inside the lids.

Envision Hands said after considerable experimentation they had successfully taken the plastic and extruded it to create functioning filament for 3D printers.

Once they had the filament, they 3D print all the components that make up the product.

They said it took 500 lids to make one prosethic hand as part of their manufacturing process.