BULK BOTTLES: The lifeline Kingaroy store has been run off their feet since the start of the containers for change program.
BULK BOTTLES: The lifeline Kingaroy store has been run off their feet since the start of the containers for change program. Claudia Williams

Containers for Change depot a must in Kingaroy

KINGAROY Lifeline shop volunteers have been run off their feet since the introduction of the Containers for Change program.

The staff have been inundated with recyclables and want to see a depot open in town to cope with the demand.

Lifeline has partnered with recovery and waste management company Re.Group to bring a change for good to the South Burnett via Return-It, which is designed to be a convenient express drop-off point.

The closest Containers for Change depot for South Burnett residents is at Cherbourg and Lifeline regional business manager, Andrew Armstrong, said the Kingaroy service was not being used how it was designed to be, with people depositing items in bulk.

"People with bulk are supposed to go to a depot but unfortunately the powers at be didn't set up a depot in Kingaroy,” he said.

"There are community groups, sporting clubs and schools that are using it as a fund raiser and that is fantastic but it makes it difficult for a retail store with dirty beer bottles that leak on the floor.”

The drop-off point caters for people with less than six bags to print out labels, put waste in a bale and get their money deposited in their account a couple of weeks later.

Mr Armstrong is negotiating with stakeholders to have a depot for large donations in Kingaroy.

"It is not ideal the way it is in a retail shop because it is affecting sales and while we are making a little bit of money out of the cans it is very small compared to the heartache that goes along with it,” he said.

For each container processed at the store 1.5 cents is donated to Lifeline, Mr Armstrong said.

Lifeline also has a unique ID which allows people to donate their funds to the organisation.

"We thought when it first started that because there was a bit of publicity leading up to the roll out day that people would be stock piling and that would eventually drop off but that hasn't happened,” Mr Armstrong said.

"It is one of the teething problems and hopefully we can look back in a couple of months time and say we are doing a good job with a depot.”

Store supervisor, Ange Jesse, can't keep track of the number of people who come into the store each day to use the service with 25 large bales filled each week at the Kingaroy store.

"The positive is the amount of people who are wanting to recycle and it is an absolutely a bonus,” she said.