Stockland Gladstone in Queensland has rolled out a new recycling program which aims to minimise waste at the centre, while also supporting local Gladstone Animal Rescue Group through the proceeds collected.

Stockland Gladstone facilities manager, Luke Murphy said, “The intention is to make it easier and to encourage customers who are dining in to put their recyclables into our new designated bins, rather than general waste.”

He added: “Together, we can divert an estimated 121,500 recyclable bottles from landfill each year.”

In July 2018, the Queensland Government introduced Containers for Change, where eligible containers can be deposited at approved collection points for 10 cents per item.

“As part of the Government’s scheme, we can receive a refund for most aluminum, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L, and we will be donating that money received to the Gladstone Animal Rescue Group,” Murphy said.

Gladstone Animal Rescue Group president, Judy Whicker said that the current COVID-19 situation is limiting most charities and organisations from major fundraising, so they were thrilled to be the chosen recipient for this initiative.

“Funds raised will assist our group in saving more animals, not only from the pound, but also those that are surrendered to us. Money raised will go towards much needed food, cat litter, vet products and desexing and microchipping,” she said.

The program will run indefinitely, with bins placed outside of Big W, Guzman Y Gomez, Ichimaki and Jamaica Blue.