One of Endeavour Foundation’s biggest recycle markets, a joint venture with the City of Gold Coast at Reedy Creek, is celebrating its first anniversary.
The Recycle Market stocks pre-loved items, and has sold more than 400 tonnes of reusable goods and recorded over 41,000 transactions since it began operations last year.
The site has a drop off zone where all recyclables are sorted. The items deemed for sale are given a new lease of life through the Recycle Market.
“We have such a wide range of stock which would otherwise be destined for landfill, including couches, cabinets, dining chairs and bikes. There are also unusual items like old radiograms, antique sewing machines and even a bobsled,” said Endeavour Foundation Recycling Operations Manager Rick Guy.
Sales have steadily increased at the store over the past six months, with a 40% increase in transactions, thanks to great public support.
Endeavour Foundation opened the Reedy Creek Recycle Market operations on Hutchinson Street last year, after securing a tender as part of the council’s City of Gold Coast Social Procurement initiative. The market employs nine staff and 12 people with a disability, all from the local area.
Reedy Creek Recycle Market’s supported employee Warren Brown has been working at the market since it first started, with the employment opportunity enabling him to learn and develop new skills.
“I like the nice, smiling faces when I am at work,” Warren said. A favourite part of his job is “asking customers if they need help and I like bringing stock into the shop, tidying, and helping other staff.”
The market’s four volunteers also play a pivotal role, as they sort through the recycled material and share their skills with supported employees.
Husband and wife Sue and Greg Searle have been volunteering at the Reedy Creek site for the past year, and they both love the feeling of giving back and helping an organisation which supports people with a disability.
“I really enjoy coming to work each week to assist the supported employees, and seeing them develop socially, and I also like meeting and helping the customers,” Sue said. Endeavour Foundation staff will hold a free sausage sizzle on the day, as part of the celebration.
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