A new bulk container return and earn deposit centre located in Dubbo at Douglas Mawson Road has provided full-time employment to three local men.
The centre is a project partnership initiative between Regional Enterprise Development Institute Ltd (REDI.E.) and the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Container Deposit Scheme. It will be operational from Monday, October 28.
The new facility, the only of its kind in Western Plains, will operate from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm Monday to Saturday and can process around 100,000 containers per day.
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Residents have drive-in access and undercover service, along with automated sorting and counting of up to 100 containers per minute, presenting an efficient way to process any volume of eligible containers.
Residents, schools, community organisations and businesses alike now have an alternative return option to take advantage of 10 cent refunds through the State Government's Return and Earn scheme.
Refunds are paid via reverse EFT with the tap of a bank card and are deposited into the customer's account before they leave the site.
Customers may also opt to donate some or all of their refund to support the services of Vinnies and REDI.E in the local community.
Vinnies NSW Container Deposit Scheme project manager Jon D'Astoli said the much-wanted facility not only works towards creating a better community but has also enabled a life-changing opportunity to the three full-time employees.
REDI.E CEO Tracey Shillingsworth said, "not only has the facility provided employment, and will continue to do so later on down the track, but it will also build a volunteer-based community and help to keep our lands clean."