Local organisation IMPACT Community Services has recently been named Small Operator of the Year at the 2023 Changemaker Awards.
The Bundaberg business was awarded, alongside individuals, community groups and organisations from across Queensland, for its efforts in providing job opportunities to local workers with disability.
Each year, the Changemaker Awards honour those making a difference in local communities by recycling through the Containers for Change scheme, which pays customers 10 cents for every eligible beverage container returned at a refund point.
IMPACT has been operating Container Refund Points in Bundaberg since 2018, driving the community to become a recycling leader resulting in a 54% increase in containers recycled from year to year.
IMPACT uses these refund points to provide greater opportunities for workers with disability, rostering these workers at all Container Refund Points so they can develop their skills while engaging with the broader community.
The organisation was also commended for its Container Refund Point at Qunaba, a self-sufficient and solar-powered facility making container refunds more convenient for residents in Bargara, Innes Park and Burnett Heads.
Tanya O’Shea, Managing Director of IMPACT shared her pride in her team following the award and attributed their success to a love for their local community.
“We are so proud to be recognised as the Small Operator of the Year the Change Maker Awards this year,” Ms O’Shea said.
“This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and their love for our community
“The people of our community are at the heart of what we do. If our staff feel included, they’re more likely to make our customers feel welcomed.
“By prioritising staff development and investing in our people, we foster a positive and engaged workplace culture that benefits everyone.”
IMPACT’s award helps shine a light on some of the best sustainability efforts in Queensland alongside other winners in nine different categories which are brought to life by leading sustainability not-for-profit organisation, Container Exchange.
Container Exchange Chief Executive Officer Natalie Roach said the commitment and creativity highlighted in this year’s awards submissions was inspiring.
“The 2023 Changemaker Awards showcase just what a profound effect the Containers for Change scheme is having on the communities of Queensland,” Ms Roach said.
“We are continuing to see individuals, community groups, charities and organisations create change and drive social impact in their local community, simply by collecting and returning eligible containers through the scheme.
“I want to congratulate the winners and all our finalists from this year’s Changemaker Awards for not only creating positive change for their community but helping clean up the local environment.
“Those recognised truly are making great change for the future.”