Brand new to West End and open 7 days a week, the TOMRA Recycling Centre at 281 Montague Road has given residents and local businesses the opportunity to earn 10c for every eligible container returned as part of the new Queensland Scheme: Containers for Change.
The Scheme aims to increase recycling rates and reduce container litter throughout the state. Queenslanders have wasted no time (or containers) making use of TOMRA’s state-of-the-art facilities — with more than 13 million containers returned across the 10 TOMRA centres between 1 November and 18 December 2018.
President of TOMRA Collection Solution Ryan Buzzell says, “We’ve seen a fantastic response from Queenslanders in the opening weeks of the scheme, which highlights how determined Sunshine State residents are to clean up their environment. Giving containers a value shows that these items are not simply litter, but an important resource —making recycling personally relevant and rewarding for consumers.”
Located on Montague Road, right next to Davies Park, the West End location is proving to be popular with West End market goers calling in to return containers before hitting the markets. There’s always a convenient time to return containers with TOMRA open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 7am to 5pm on weekends.
TOMRA, inventors of the first reverse vending machine in Norway during the 1970’s, has more than 82,000 across more than 60 markets. TOMRA’s reverse vending machines capture 35 billion used beverage containers every year across the globe.
With TOMRA, there is no need to register or download anything, simply approach the machine and start recycling for instant retail cash. Alternatively, users can receive their refund via PayPal or as a Woolworths E-voucher, or generous users can donate their refunds to TOMRA-selected charities. Current charities that can be chosen are Buy a Bale QLD and the Children’s Hospital Foundation at West End.