MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Manager of Cherbourg's recycling centre, Andrew Beckett with Minister for natural resources, Dr Anthony Lynham
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Manager of Cherbourg's recycling centre, Andrew Beckett with Minister for natural resources, Dr Anthony Lynham Matt Collins

Containers for Change bringing people to Cherbourg

THOUSANDS of containers are being exchanged for money every day in Cherbourg and the town is taking it in its stride.

Andrew Beckett is managing the Containers for Change program in the town and said his team of four was proud to welcome people from as far as Kingaroy and Nanango to town.

"The experience is great and we pride ourselves on our customer service,” he said.

"There was a negativity that we felt at first (about having the depot in Cherbourg) but we didn't let that bother us and we let our work ethic, presentation and communication do that talking for us

"The container scheme is a tool and a bridge for us because people have to come here and we show them we are normal people, we work hard and we are proud of the project.”

The staff are required to count every can and bottle that is delivered from individuals, businesses and community groups which can be up to 17,000 items at one time from one person.

Since the scheme started in Queensland on November 1, 50 million drink containers have been returned across the state equating to $5 million going into the pockets of Queenslanders.

The program is running at Cherbourg's recycling centre and is set up to handle deliveries from trucks and trailers.

The recycling side of the centre will re-open in the new year and the recycling from the Gympie council will return to being processed at the centre.

With no signs of the container for change scheme slowing down Mr Beckett said they will need more staff to meet the demand.

Mr Beckett is proud the scheme can create jobs for the community and would also like to see the South Burnett Regional Council use the facility for recycling in the near future.

"We want to try and add to the economy by giving people jobs but the environmental impact for our region is something we should not take lightly,” he said.

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