NO MORE CONTAINERS: Kingaroy Lifeline is no longer taking part in Containers for Change.
NO MORE CONTAINERS: Kingaroy Lifeline is no longer taking part in Containers for Change. Jessica McGrath

Charity shop cans recycling program in Kingaroy

CHERBOURG is the only mass drop-off point in the South Burnett for Containers for Change, after Kingaroy Lifeline stopped accepting bottles this week.

The program took away from the Kingaroy store's ability to operate to its potential, according to a UnitingCare representative, on Lifeline's behalf.

"We have always had strong support from community members through donations, volunteering and those who shop in our stores," the spokesperson said.

"During a recent trial of the Containers for Change scheme, it became obvious that our core business was being affected.

"Our mission is to support the Crisis Support Line and we have made the decision to end the scheme at our store to focus on raising money to support those in need."

When accepting Containers for Change through Return-It, the store was inundated with large donations on a daily basis and received a 1.5 cent donation for every container that was processed.

In December, Lifeline regional business manager Andrew Armstrong said the Kingaroy service was not being used how it was designed to be.

"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.

A new Containers for Change depot is on track to open in Kingaroy in September however.

Cherbourg recycling plant manager Andrew Beckett said Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council had approved a depot to operate in the vicinity of the Kingaroy industrial area.

Mr Beckett said the Kingaroy facility would operate as a drive-through service, like Cherbourg, with the option to wait for staff to count the items or drop off labelled bags and be refunded at a later date.

The new facility will present another employment opportunity for Cherbourg residents.

"We are looking forward to it because it is going to generate more jobs and the Containers for Change scheme is making a great impact across the state on landfill," he said.

"We want to employ Cherbourg people or indigenous people in the community but at the end of the day it is all about attitude and performance and we have got to make the right choices about who we employ."

While the facility in Cherbourg is operating smoothly Mr Beckett said customers also had to play their part.

"People want the service and we are happy to provide it but we need the community to take part by removing their lids and keeping all the plastics and cans separate."

Before the Kingaroy depot opens in September residents can continue to take their containers to the Cherbourg recycling plant or drop-offs can be made at the Kilkivan Post Office on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. 

Community groups across the region are utilising the containers for Change program for fundraising including the Kingaroy Scouts who accept cans, bottles at plastics at Crowies Paints every Saturday morning.