GOING GREEN: Karan Hibbs cannot wait to collect her recyclable refund.
GOING GREEN: Karan Hibbs cannot wait to collect her recyclable refund. James Liveris

Residents will collect their first refund this weekend

WHEN Yuleba resident Karan Hibbs first heard the Container Refund Scheme was starting in 2018, she started collecting recyclables and now has a pile worthy of a refund that could possibly see her retire.

Well, not quite, but Mrs Hibbs will be one of many residents heading into Roma this weekend after the Maranoa Regional Council announced the commencement dates and locations for the drop-off points of the Container Refund Scheme.

To participate in the scheme, members of the community can exchange eligible empty containers for a 10 cent refund at drop-off points, or residents can donate the containers at donation points organised by local community groups, charities or not-for-profit organisations, who will then receive the 10 cent refund.

BELATED BOTTLES: Karan Hibbs is very excited for the Container Refund Scheme to begin.
BELATED BOTTLES: Karan Hibbs is very excited for the Container Refund Scheme to begin. James Liveris

Mrs Hibbs said the scheme was a fantastic and much need initiative for the Maranoa.

"I've collected a lot of cans because I drink coke, but also in Yuleba itself we have certainly started to increase our usage of bottled water because of the decrease in the tanks with the drought,” she said. "It's very helpful having a drop-off zone in Roma, I really didn't want to take my pile to Chinchilla because to do a trip there is about an hour and a half away, which basically is a tank of petrol - what would be the point? "At least now with these new points, I can schedule a time when I'm in town and regular loads because we are going to be using a lot more bottled water until it rains.”

Drop-off points and times

Roma - Administration Office, 1 Cartwright Street Roma, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm (Maximum number of eligible containers is 100).

Roma - Roma Refuse Site, 269 Short Street Roma, Wednesday to Friday 1-4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

Mitchell - Administration Office, 100 Cambridge Street, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.


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