Red Frogs volunteers Alex Atkins and Skye Prince with containers from Noosa Schoolies. Picture: Contributed
Red Frogs volunteers Alex Atkins and Skye Prince with containers from Noosa Schoolies. Picture: Contributed

10,000 cans, bottles cashed in from Noosa Schoolies

Community volunteers Red Frogs collected and cashed in more than 10,000 empty beverage containers from Noosa Schoolies.

Making use of the Containers for Change scheme which refunds 10c per container, the Red Frogs took up the opportunity with the help of Noosa-based CRP Express Recycling.

With more than 4000 school leavers flocking to the holiday destination, Express Recycling delivered extra bins to apartments and resorts to ensure schoolies could easily recycle their containers.

Red Frogs volunteers also went out knocking on schoolies’ apartment doors, and offered their services and collected containers as they went.

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Red Frogs volunteers Alex Atkins and Skye Prince with containers from Noosa Schoolies.
Red Frogs volunteers Alex Atkins and Skye Prince with containers from Noosa Schoolies.

It enabled Red Frogs to engage the young visitors and also reap extra funding to do their work.

“We were doing big blitzes on all the apartment complexes and resorts, going from floor to floor and collecting during the week,” Red Frogs’ founder and CEO Andy Gourley said.

“The potential for collecting containers and the good work we can do with the money refunded through the Containers for Change scheme is enormous, especially at events like Schoolies.

“It is a valuable source of funding for our organisation.”

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Express Recycling operator Dion Lawrence was happy to assist Red Frogs in fulfilling their collection opportunities.

Express Recycling provided bin infrastructure and was able to make sure the funds would flow back to Red Frogs.

“We pushed out an extra 30 bins to resorts and complexes and the Red Frogs put their own bags in them,” Mr Lawrence said.

“We know what containers they have collected because of the special bags we have had made up.

“The bins are collected and the refunds applied to the Red Frogs’ Scheme ID.

“We are happy to pick the bins up for them and we don’t charge them a cent for that service.”


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