Latest figures show the extent of Charleville's recycling
THOUSANDS of dollars have been refunded to environmentally friendly locals in the first ten days of the Containers for Change recycling depot opening in Charleville.
From the 33,000 cans and bottles processed already, $3381.40 has been handed back, a positive sign for the future of the recycling scheme.
Murweh Shire Council mayor Annie Liston told The Western Times the initial deluge of containers being recycled was an indicator the program will grow beyond its three-month trial period.
"Our residents have been waiting for this for a long time and I am so excited that it is off the ground,” Cr Liston said.
"More than $3300 has been put back into our community and I hope it will continue to be as good as this, if not better.”
The council is now looking to pass the operation on to another organisation in the community.
"Initially, council said we would operate it for three months, but if someone wants to have a chat and express their interest to our CEO, Neil Polglase, about it, they should feel free,” Cr Liston said.
"We encourage people to come forward if they might be interested in taking it over.
"We can sort out what is involved with that - it could be a good little business for someone.”
In other areas local Men's Sheds and other community organisation run the operation.
"Our expression of interest is open to any organisation and anyone who wants to be a part of Containers for Change,” she said.