Bowen recycling champions nominated for two awards
A BOWEN recycling outlet that has created numerous jobs and invested heavily to make recycling more efficient has been recognised for its efforts.
Pilcher's Recycling, an outlet for the Containers for Change scheme that runs out of the family-owned Pilcher's Mitre 10 store in Bowen, has been named as a finalist in two categories for the statewide Change Maker Awards.
The business has been recognised in both the safety and innovation categories, and is one of only four Queensland small businesses to be finalists in multiple categories.
Container Exchange CEO Ken Noye said the efforts of Pilcher's Recycling were indicative of the efforts many Container Refund Points were making to ensure their businesses were safe.
"Pilcher's Recycling is a perfect example of a business working hard to innovate and keep their workplace safe for both their staff and customers," he said.
"They have made some major operational innovations that have not only sped up the counting process for their customers but have kept safety at the forefront of their thinking."
The Bowen outlet has innovated by installing a new rotating forklift that allows them to efficiently pour bulk loads of containers onto counting tables.
This has shaved seven minutes off customer waiting times on commercial drop-offs.
It has also invested heavily in roller frames for their cages and bins, allowing them to move huge loads of recycling efficiently and safely around the depot, without the need for machinery in the immediate work areas.
They have installed two new roller doors to ensure the business can spread out staff and customers, an important social-distancing safety concern because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Pilcher's Recycling also operates a Container Refund Point at Collinsville and has created five full-time jobs and 11 casual opportunities across the two sites.
The Containers for Change scheme was established less than two years ago to provide residents with 10 cent refunds on eligible containers and reduce litter across the state.
More than two billion containers have already been returned through Container Refund Points across Queensland.
A virtual awards ceremony will be held for the 2020 Change Maker Awards on Friday, October 16, and former Queensland Origin player Shane Webcke will be the host.
Viewers can also watch live at containerexchange.com.au/change-makers