08-Feb-2019 4:07 PM


New Containers for Change depot on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast residents have a new $3 million, state-of-the-art container refund point at Southport, with experienced operators Impact Recycling opening their doors this week. 

The new depot – Southport Bottles & Cans – has been purpose-built by industry veteran, Damien Woolford, who runs the nearby Stapylton site and has been in the industry for 15 years. 

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said it was encouraging to see the container refund scheme, Containers for Change, continue to grow on the Gold Coast. 

“It is great that Gold Coast residents are being enthusiastic about the scheme, and it is also wonderful to see businesses take up the opportunity to be involved,” Ms Enoch said.

“More than 200 million containers have been returned across the state, including about 6 million on the Gold Coast.

“It is great to see so many people embracing this recycling initiative and taking advantage of the 10-cent refund.”

The new depot has five automated refund terminals (ARTs), two manual service counters and space for safe traffic flow for up to 30 vehicles.

Operator, Damien Woolford has followed in his father’s footsteps. Dad, Charlie was General Manager of State Wide Recycling in SA for 18 years – the company which administered the scheme in South Australia – essentially, COEX’s counterpart.

Damien said he’s invested heavily in the new site.

“We have five ‘ARTs’ which use shape recognition technology to scan each container and check whether it’s eligible for a refund under the scheme,” he said.

“There are also a couple of manual service counters, so people with crushed containers or those which won’t go through the automated refund terminals can be hand counted.

“It’s been a big investment, and we’re very strongly committed to delivering effective container refund services to the Gold Coast through the Container Refund Scheme.”

The automatic refund terminals were developed by CDSA in conjuction with Australian company, Sage Automation. They won the 2018 Design Innovation of the Year Award (Beverage Category, Machinery & Equipment) for the new technology at the 2018 Packaging and Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA).

SAGE CEO Adrian Fahey said the ARTs were developed to address challenges experienced by the recycling depot industry operating container refund points.

“The ART automatically sorts, identifies and counts container types for recycling depots,” Adrian said. “It has five skids with 26 conveyors and a central vision system camera which identifies each item and sorts them using a smart algorithm.”

The new depot is at the former RACQ site at 239 Southport Nerang Road, Southport.

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