Mackay Regional Council's Materials Recovery Facility at Paget
Mackay Regional Council's Materials Recovery Facility at Paget Stuart Quinn

Locations of cash for cans bins in region revealed

MORE than two dozen cash for cans bins will be scattered across the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region when the scheme kicks into gear on November 1, with a major waste company expected to open a bulk depot in Paget.

Sydney-based company Re.group, which runs the council's Paget Waste Recycling Facility, has revealed it will open a cash for cans depot in Paget and two "express” counters in the region, one each in Cannonvale and Mackay.

Every eligible container returned will be worth 10 cents when the scheme begins.

Chief development officer Garth Lamb said Re.group, under its brand Re.turn-It, intends to replicate its success in the ACT, where most of its refund points are linked to charity partners St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.

Re.turn-It will have a total of 109 container refund points across Queensland. The company is one of two contractors in the greater Mackay region, alongside small family run Anything Environmental.

The Paget-based business will deploy the 21 other container refund bins, 13 of them in the Mackay council area, five in the Isaac council area and three in the Whitsunday council area.

According to government website Containers for Change, Anything Environmental will have a bin in Seaforth, Mt Pleasant, Ooralea, two in Sarina and bins as far out as Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, Bowen and Nebo.

It comes as Mackay Regional Council waits on information from the State Government detailing how the container refund scheme will affect them financially.

"We need to see some detail on that one,” Mayor Greg Williamson said.

"We get our backs up at any suggestion that some cost recovery is passed on from the state to us, so we would want to analyse that quite closely.”



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