INSIDE: First look at Kingaroy's new recycling depot
WITH a queue of cars down the street, day one for the all new Kingaroy Containers for Change depot was a very popular one.
The Cherbourg Council operated Kingaroy Containers for Change depot opened on Tuesday October 1.
Kingaroy residents certainly did not waste any time loading up their cars, utes and trailers with refundable bottles and heading down to the Kingaroy St facility.
Plant manager, Andrew Beckett was not surprised by the big turn out for their first day.
"We expected it," he said.
"I'm guessing if we keep going at this rate, we'll hit the 80,000 mark."
That will mean a total of $8000 worth of refunds in one day back to the Kingaroy public.
Mr Beckett said it was obvious the Kingaroy public were looking forward to the new recycling facility being opened.
"When Kingaroy Lifeline closed down, everyone had their arms up in the air," he said.
"Some people were coming to Cherbourg, but it is a long way for some people.
"We thought people would start hoarding, and here they are."
The new Kingaroy Containers for Change depot has created 12 new Cherbourg Council positions.
Mr Beckett praised the new employees and how quickly they have learnt the ropes.
"They have only had two days of training," he said.
"They are coping okay."
"At Cherbourg we have the advantage of counting machines, but we are going old school here."
To make the whole process as smooth as possible for everyone, Mr Beckett offered some sound advice.
"We ask you remove all your lids off the bottles," he said.
"Keep the bottles separate, keep the glass separate from the aluminium and the plastic."
He also encouraged people not to crush their cans.
"Crushing the cans doesn't make the job any easier. The balers will crush the cans," he said.
Cherbourg Mayor, Arnold Murray was proud of what his team was able to achieve for a neighbouring town.
"This is unbelievable," he said.
If day one was anything to go by, the new Kingaroy recycling facility could expect a lot of customers over the next few weeks.
Cr Arnold reminded residents they may have a significant wait before getting their containers counted.
"Be patient, everyone is working as fast as they can," he said.
Once they get into a routine, Mr Beckett suggested a normal visit to the depot would take between 15 to 30 minutes.
"It just depends on what they've got," he said.
Take a tour of the new Kingaroy Containers for Change facility below.