A Wanneroo worker is celebrating National Recycling Week in his first paid employment role thanks to the Containers for Change initiative.
Josh Turner, 20, recently secured his first job at the Good Sammy Containers for Change drive-through facility in the Drovers shopping precinct.
Mr Turner had volunteered for the charity when he left high school, and heard about the position from his younger brother Cameron who now volunteers at the Wanneroo op shop.
He started working at the drive-through collection centre two weeks ago and is loving his role.
“I love working with the team on the Containers for Change recycling program and saying hi to the locals,” he said.
“Everyone is so fun, welcoming, and friendly.”
Josh Turner working at the Good Sammy Containers for Change drive-through collection centre in Wanneroo.
Josh Turner working at the Good Sammy Containers for Change drive-through collection centre in Wanneroo. Credit: Supplied
To mark National Recycling Week, which runs until November 15, Good Sammy announced it had collected more than 864,000 containers across its 16 sites in Perth since launching in October.
Chief executive Melanie Kiely highlighted impacts their recycling projects had in the community, both for disability employment and skills building, and for the environment.
“By encouraging donations for our op shops, we are diverting quality goods from ending up in landfill,” she said.
“By selling good quality household donations through our op shops, we are encouraging the re-use/ recycle message.
“Our most recent recycling venture – Containers for Change – encourages container recycling (and) will reduce roadside litter.”
Ms Kiely said the initiative had created another 40 employment roles for people living with disability, helping them grow skills and confidence to achieve their life goals.
Grants support waste reduction initiatives
The State Government announced recipients of the WasteSorted Grants during National Recycling Week, including the City of Wanneroo which received $41,547 for its ‘Talking my language’ initiative.
Through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the City will develop and distribute multilingual learning resources for the WasteSorted tool kit and improve its effectiveness for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
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Adarsh in Malaga received $250,000 for a wastepaper recycling and pulp product manufacturing project, including purchasing a recycled fibre moulded packaging manufacturing machine.
Capable of producing high-volume, low-cost products for packaging and industry, the process aims to recycle WA paper and cardboard in a sustainable manner.