Bundaberg Region businesses, particularly agriculture businesses, are encouraged to participate in the Big Bag Recovery scheme to help reduce waste.
Big Bag Recovery provides a designated return location for plastic bags over 15 kilograms/litres in size.
In a new collaboration with Bundaberg Regional Council, the Qunaba Waste Facility has become one of these designated return locations.
According to Big Bag Recovery, the program is paramount in redirecting tonnes of recyclable materials from ending up in landfill and it will work towards creating a circular economy and in being more sustainable.
In the Bundaberg Region local farms and businesses use a large number of big bags which can be recovered and recycled into other materials.
To date Big Bag Recovery has recovered a staggering 5 million kilograms of plastic sack and bulk bags across Australia.
The environmental impacts have led to significantly reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while also creating and sustaining 50 circular economy jobs.
Next year Big Bag Recovery’s sister company Circular Communities Australia will transform the once single-use plastic bag into recycled resin pellets and new life products including water evaporation disks and school seats.
Supporting initiatives such as Big Bag Recovery aligns with Bundaberg Regional Council's objectives of advocating for a more environmentally friendly and sustainable future.
Big Bag Recovery said the program relied on responsible brand owners joining the program, which in return provided customers with a solution to return their used packages.
New Big Bag Recovery fees
From 1 November two new fees have been introduced for the recycling of bulker bags (1000L woven plastic bags) for the Qunaba Waste site and are as follows:
- Big Bag Recovery scheme eligible bulker bags (1000L woven plastic bags) cost: free or non-Big Bag Recovery Scheme bulker bags (1000L woven plastic bags) cost: $5 per bag
- Big Bag Recovery return location: Qunaba Waste Facility 132 Potters Road, Bundaberg.
Loads are accepted Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 am and 3:30 pm.
For larger farmers that have 300 bags the Big Bag Recovery scheme offers on farm pickups for free for scheme eligible bags and this can be organised by contacting Gary Gillis on 0403 431705. For more information click here or phone Council’s Waste and Recycling team on 1300 883 699.
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