A former long-time Queensland local government official has urged councils to back a container refund scheme which could provide a major boost to community groups.
The Queensland Government has committed to introduce a container refund scheme from November this year to play a major role in reducing beverage container litter across the state.
Former local government chief executive officer Mark Crawley, the managing director of Mark Crawley Consulting in Townsville, believes the scheme has the potential to be a financial lifeline for community groups throughout Queensland.
“Part of the proposal includes the provision of one or more cages or bins or mobile trailers to community groups,” Mr Crawley said.
He said some councils had raised the possibility of local clubs or groups becoming container deposit collection centres and the scheme was a way that councils could help those groups who often approached them for financial assistance.
“The trailer concept provides an opportunity for community groups to raise their much-needed funds through the container exchange program,” Mr Crawley said.
“Trailers could be offered by a council to three or four community groups a year at different times and they, in turn, would encourage mums and dads who support that group to bring their containers down and deposit them in the trailer.”
Mr Crawley said the scheme could help community groups offset some costs, such as those involved in registering children at a sporting club.
“It’s also an excellent opportunity for councils to encourage the local community to support their clubs by becoming involved with the local clubs’ collection, rather than throwing containers in the waste or taking one or two containers to a (different) collection point.”
The State Government has appointed Container Exchange to run the program.