MAKING A CHANGE: Tiffany McKight, Cassidy Farrell and Jack Summers sort cans and bottles at the Containers for Change site in Chinchilla.
MAKING A CHANGE: Tiffany McKight, Cassidy Farrell and Jack Summers sort cans and bottles at the Containers for Change site in Chinchilla. Shannon Hardy

Containers for Change drop off point now open

CONTAINERS for Change is now operational in Chinchilla.

Located at 19 Malduf Street, the drop off point is operated by Dalby based group Western Downs Outreach Project.

Customers can exchange up to $15 worth of bottles and cans each day for a cash refund on the spot.

Larger collections will need to have an account with Containers for Change where refunds can be deposited once the staff on site have processed each item.

Site manager Jason Vella said the larger collections of cans and bottles could be left with the staff to count and customers could return the next day to collect the containers or bags they dropped them off in.

This meant there was a minimal wait time for customers.

There are some restrictions on what containers can be returned.

Containers less than 150ml or more than three litres are automatically excluded with some more precise restrictions on certain product types.

A full list of exclusions can be found on the Containers for Change website.

Western Downs Outreach Project has taken on the Chinchilla contract as a social enterprise.

Their aim in Chinchilla is to help youth employment with staff at the depot all aged under 26.

"We're trying to give opportunities to youth within the region,” manager Jason Vella said.

The depot in Chinchilla is open Sunday to Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 4pm. There will also be a mobile drop off point in Tara, at 25 Milne St, on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm.


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