Recycling market opens up new work experience opportunities

16 April 2014

Endeavour Foundation’s Buderim Recycle Market is providing work experience opportunities for young people with a disability, while making a large reduction in landfill on the Sunshine Coast.

In the past three years the volume of materials being recovered through the recycle market instead of being sent to landfill has more than doubled – and it’s still growing.

Endeavour Foundation Manager Arthur Ziakis said the organisation was doing its bit to help make the Sunshine Coast an eco-friendly region thanks to the waste transfer and recycle sites operated under contract to the Sunshine Coast Council at Buderim, Yandina and Kenilworth.

“By taking a holistic approach to waste transfer and recycling services, we can provide cost effective and efficient recycling,” Mr Ziakis said.

“The recycling program is supported and subsidised by the sale of items through the Recycling Market at Buderim.

“Incoming waste is sorted into either recoverable or waste streams with the recoverable items sent to secondary processors or prepared for sale at the Recycling Market.

“But for people with a disability, the benefits are truly profound. They can gain the experience of working in the recycle markets – sorting, cleaning and displaying stock for sale and building people’s confidence to deal with customers.

“In the near future we also hope to do more with the recycled goods by refurbishing second hand furniture and other items – so more of the goods will be suitable for sale, reducing landfill even further,” he said.

By operating commercial services like this in which people with a disability and volunteers can participate we create new opportunities ourselves so we are not simply reliant on the goodwill and generosity of the community.

Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in more than 4,000 placements from more than 230 locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. These include accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities. Find out more at

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