Containers for Change depot opens in Jimboomba

JIMBOOMBA residents can cash in their empty containers and cans with the opening of a Containers for Change depot this week.

RECYCLE: Jimboomba's Urban Depot workers Jessie Yee and Jordan Cheers on the job for day two. Photo: Jacob Wilson

RECYCLE: Jimboomba's Urban Depot workers Jessie Yee and Jordan Cheers on the job for day two. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Urban Depot opened at 7 Euphemia Street on Monday and has been designed with a drive-through service, allowing staff to unload the car and count recyclable containers.

The Queensland government's Containers for Change scheme ensures people are refunded 10 cents per container recycled.

People are reminded to ensure lids are removed from containers.

Depot operator Jason Irwin said it was important for people to register for a Scheme ID on the Containers for Change website to receive eftpos refunds.

CONVENIENCE: Urban Depot operator Jason Irwin. Photo: Jacob Wilson

CONVENIENCE: Urban Depot operator Jason Irwin. Photo: Jacob Wilson

"For me it's all about the environmental side, plus it's something I really enjoy," Mr Irwin said.

"We are also working with festivals and events so containers can be collected onsite, which means waste is diverted from landfill.

"I've also been able to employ four local people into the business."

Cash refunds are provided without a Scheme ID.

Urban Depot will provide Jimboomba State School with hundreds of bags to help students collect containers and take part in the scheme.

Container Exchange chief executive officer Ken Noye said Jimboomba's depot would provide opportunities to businesses and individuals.

"The opening of another refund point means greater scheme access for Queenslanders and an opportunity for local businesses to increase local employment," he said.

The depot is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

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