THE Reedy Creek Drop-Off and Recycle Market is now open, turning trash into treasure and raising funds to support people with a disability on the Gold Coast.
Mayor Tom Tate and Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Barbagallo officially opened the centre yesterday at the brand new site at Hutchinson Street after securing a tender as part of council’s City of Gold Coast Social Procurement initiative.
Mr Barbagallo said both operations combined employ 22 Gold Coast locals – including 10 people with a disability – and is Endeavour Foundation’s largest council recycling contract.
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“Endeavour Foundation will operate two major areas which includes the drop-off section, where people can take advantage of the convenient drive through area where our employees will take the quality us b ed and other recyclable goods, such as cardboard and electronic waste, to the Recycle Market giving saleable items a new lease of life,” Mr Barbagallo said.
“Not only does this site significantly reduce the volume of waste going to Gold Coast landfill, it also creates new employment opportunities and skills for people with a disability.
“Best of all, all proceeds are ploughed back into Endeavour Foundation services on the Gold Coast, supporting local people with a disability to have the choices of an ordinary life.”
Items on sale that would otherwise be destined for landfill include household goods, indoor and outdoor furniture, bikes, books, retro and vintage pieces, paintings, toys and building equipment.
Regular opening hours for the Reedy Creek Recycle Market will be from 8am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Endeavour Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting people with a disability in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
This includes accommodation, education, training, vocational and lifestyle opportunities.
Find out more at endeavour.com.au.