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Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL) and Endeavour Foundation have today teamed up to bring a cash for cans program back to Gladstone.
From today, individuals are invited to collect aluminium cans and bring them to Endeavour Foundation in Lyons St to be sorted and weighed for a refund of about $1 per kilo.
Alternatively, BSL Cash for Cans collection points will be located at a number of schools, sporting clubs and businesses in the region interested in creating a new revenue stream. The cans will be collected and weighed by Endeavour Foundation for a refund slightly less than $1 per kilo.
BSL will purchase the collected cans from Endeavour Foundation and recycle them back into primary metal production at the smelter.
Almost a year to the date after BSL announced the successful completion of a pilot to recycle aluminium cans, BSL Site GM Joe Rea expects the new partnership with Endeavour Foundation would allow the smelter to double its can recycling efforts within two years.
Based on the success of this program, BSL and Endeavour Foundation will explore other regional hubs in Queensland to bring more cans to Gladstone for recycling.
“Queensland has one of the lowest recycling rates in the country. We want to turn that around with Endeavour Foundation. It makes perfect sense to start that in Gladstone—the capital of aluminium production in Australia,” Joe said.
Recycling Manager Arthur Ziakas said the BSL Cash for Cans program offered a welcome opportunity to expand into a new commercial activity and would help to strengthen the viability of Endeavour Foundation’s supported employment service in Gladstone.
“Our core focus is partnering with people with a disability to bring real possibilities to life, at home, at work and in the community. We are pleased to partner with BSL in this new program that will help us to deliver training and employment outcomes for 33 people with a disability,” Arthur said.
In what will be BSL’s largest single community investment in a decade, Joe said his workforce was proud to be doing their bit, both for the environment and the community.
“Working alongside Endeavour Foundation in this way allows us to support their work in Gladstone. We feel we are helping people with a disability to pursue their personal goals. It’s just a proudly Australian thing to do on so many levels,” Joe said.
In addition to the community benefit, BSL will be able to reduce its emissions and contribute to the region’s waste management plans.
“Aluminium is infinitely recyclable and each time it’s recycled, we use only around five per cent of the energy of primary aluminium production. The more cans we recycle, the less greenhouse gas emissions we generate,” Joe said.
BSL is now Queensland’s only, and Australia’s largest, aluminium can recycling facility. Currently consuming 13 million cans a month from suppliers in NSW and Queensland, the partnership with Endeavour will allow BSL to reduce freight costs by securing a local supply.
Today’s launch with Endeavour Foundation is in advance of the Queensland Government introducing its Container Deposit Scheme in 2018.
“The Queensland Government is looking to establish a scheme for a range of containers including plastics, cans, glass and cardboard in parallel with a scheme already in place in NSW. Our program is a joint, local effort between BSL and Endeavour Foundation and is about aluminium cans only, though we hope Gladstone acts as a successful model for a wider scheme when the legislation is introduced,” Joe said.
Environment Minister Steven Miles congratulated BSL and Endeavour Foundation today for brokering a partnership to reduce waste, save energy and employ local people with a disability in Gladstone.
“There is considerable industry and community support for a container deposit scheme in Queensland and I am delighted to see BSL and Endeavour Foundation establish themselves as early adopters. I’ll be keenly watching and cheering BSL and Endeavour Foundation on,” Dr Miles said.