Lifeline Darling Downs' Dalby Container Refund Depot's First Birthday Celebrations
Lifeline Darling Downs' Dalby Container Refund Depot's First Birthday Celebrations

Recycling depot celebrates its first birthday with huge milestone

DALBY’S container recycling depot celebrated it’s first birthday this week after processing their five millionth container at their Nicolson Street site.

Angela Klein, the business service manager for Lifeline across the Darling Downs and South West Queensland, said she was proud of the change she has seen over the last 12 months.

“It allows people to make money from things that they would have just thrown out and it keeps our area clean,” she said.

“By taking their containers to our recycling depot we have reduced the amount of plastic waste going to landfill and in turn have raised vital funds for our local crisis support services and drought affected farmers and families during the past six months.”

In their first 12 months, the Nicholson Street facility has been able to employ three full time staff to assist customers.

“The community is really important to us,” Ms Klein said.

“All the funds we raise goes back into the community, all the services that Lifeline provides between Toowoomba and South West Queensland that we make from this site pays for those services.

“Because the area is more rural we tend to get people bringing in bales and bales on containers rather than a box.

“All products that we need for staff here, whether it’s gloves, hand sanitiser it is all bought locally so it helps our economy.

After closing for a brief period due to COVID-19 restrictions it has been all systems go with people from all the area bringing in bales ready to cash in.

“We are still abiding by social distancing rules, we only allow a small amount of people through to the counting tables but everyone’s been really co-operative.

“We have plenty of hand sanitiser for customers who come through as well.

“It started in November of 2018 so it’s been in production for a year and a half now and people can get 10 cents per container.

“We have found that Dalby has serviced a lot of outer areas as well from places like Jandowae, Bell and all those other outerlying areas.”

Banking a successful first 12 months, Ms Klein has high hopes for the next twelve.

“We will definitely achieve the 10 million container mark, we would have reached the five mark sooner if it wasn’t for COVID.

“We really want to thank the community for supporting Lifeline, we really appreciate it.”


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