The Material Recovery Facility is owned by Bundaberg Regional Council, but managed by IMPACT Community Services.
All of the waste from council's yellow-top bins is sorted at the facility on University Drive. IMPACT employs about 27 workers with disabilities under the Australian Government's Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) for the task.
A supportive work environment is provided where workers can reach their potential in this field of work. The facility has a motivated and happy workforce; some have been with IMPACT for more than 30 years. Each week the facility processes about 38 council kerbside truck loads of recycling. This equals about 130 tonnes of recyclable waste. The content is hand sorted, baled and sold to be made into new products. We also process commercial recycling which is about 40 tonnes per week.
And, that's not all that happens at the facility.
There is also a refund point which lets people get a 10 cent refund for each eligible container returned as part of the Containers for Change scheme.
As of Monday the 6th April 2020 we will be going cashless to help minimise personal contact during the COVID-19 outbreak. The only way to collect your money is by registering online for a Containers for Change Scheme account. If you already have an account and a Scheme ID number, great! If not, it’s simple, just head to 👉 http://ow.ly/ei6n50z0qXy to register and get your ID 👏👏.
Your Scheme ID allows your refunds to be paid directly into your bank account. 🏷️ Just tag your secured bag with your Scheme ID, name and phone number. No wait, no fuss and the money is directly deposited into your account.
If you are looking to recycle your goods - simply take them to our refund point, located at 78 University Drive, Bundaberg and we will count the containers for you and pay the money directly into your account using your Containers for Change Scheme ID.
At IMPACT Community Service's Recycling and Collections (R&C) centre we employ 27 workers with disability under the Australian Government's Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE). We provide a supported work environment where our staff help individual workers identify areas to grow their skills and undertake any training they may need.