Browns Plains Bottles and Cans have donated $4,700 to Meals on Wheels in Browns Plains over the past 12 months, helping them to provide home-delivered meals to residents in the Logan West community.
Browns Plains Bottles and Cans business development manager Andrew Lambert said the Containers for Change center collected 47,000 containers for Meals on Wheels through community and staff donations since they opened on September 25, 2020.
“Our customers have been very generous, and also our staff; all the ones we collect here goes towards our Meals on Wheels collection as well,” Andrew said.
“They’ve been our charity partner since day one; they’re our main charity that we support.”
Browns Plains Bottles and Cans chose to support Browns Plains Meals on Wheels long-term because of their community impact and 38 years of operation.
“We looked at all the various charities within the area when we were setting the business up, and we just saw a lot of merit in what Meals on Wheels do in the area,” he said.
“Most of the people that work at Meals on Wheels are volunteers.
“We saw it as one of those organisations where basically every cent would go towards where people would like it to go.”
Meals on Wheels secretary and treasurer Rose Jordan said Meals on Wheels was introduced to Browns Plains Bottles and Cans by Member for Algester Leanne Enoch, who was the Minister for the Environment at the time.
“It’s helping with extra expenses that we have, which is rising prices of the food,” she said.
“We’re very grateful to them for what they’ve done over the 12 month period.”
Meals on Wheels was one of several local charities who received support from Browns Plains Bottles and Cans.
Andrew said around 250,000 containers had been donated through the centre to various charity organisations and schools in the area.
“For some of the other charities we’ll put a bin out there for a month, then we’ll pick another charity the following month,” he said.
Charities and organisations registered at Containers for Change had unique scheme ID’s which customers could choose to donate all or part of their load to.
10 cents from each donated container could be directed to the selected charity’s bank account or returned to the customer as cash.
On Saturday 25 September 2021 Browns Plains Bottles and Cans celebrated their one-year anniversary at the facility and provided 450 green iced cupcakes to staff and customers.
Andrew said the Browns Plains building was chosen because it had six big roller doors, fantastic ventilation, and a user-friendly layout.
“This depot is particularly good … people don’t even need to get out of their car here,” he said.
“They reverse into one of the bays, and everything is unloaded and counted up manually.
“We give the people the cash on the spot, or they can once again nominate the scheme ID to have their money put into.”
“From the feedback we get, people are prepared to drive past many depots to come to this one, which is a real compliment,” he said.
With sustainability at the core of the business, Browns Plains Bottle and Cans had also reduced local landfill by 50 tonne a year.
The centre decreased their own rubbish by 90% in 12 months by sourcing recyclers to collect excess materials, including plastic bags, bottle caps, ineligible bottles and cardboard boxes.
“Next Friday is the Containers for Change ‘Changemaker’ awards, and we’re a finalist in sustainability,” Andrew said.
They also partnered with Marsden State High School, who was a leading school in sustainability in Queensland.
“They taught us the way they process their own rubbish there … we basically follow the same process they do,” he said.
Andrew said Browns Plains Bottles and Cans planned to expand their school program from 6 to 30 schools next year.
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