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Robin the refuse collector rallies troops

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ROBIN Davies, a dedicated Rotary Club member, spent the first weekend of May at the Wintermoon Festival, but not for the reasons you might think.

Mr Davies, along with a team of volunteers, gathered at the Wintermoon Festival to manage waste and collect eligible containers, from which they were able to raise funds for Rotary, using the ‘Containers for Change’ scheme.

The Containers for Change Scheme is a recycling initiative where people can do their part to reduce litter and increase recycling by taking in eligible containers for 10 cents each.

Using the scheme, Mr Davies, who is from Capalaba, has been helping to reduce waste since 1995.

“As a more recent Rotary Club member, I initiated and co-ordinated efforts to raise funds under the scheme, having started in earnest with the Capalaba BluesFest, in March 2019,” he said.

“Over the past four years and, along with several stalwart club members and our own networks of neighbours and friends, we have raised $11,648.70 which, after material costs for cages and baskets that I fabricated, allowed a net $11,316.57 to be available to support many good causes.”

To date, Mr Davies has personally collected 29,606 containers, predominantly from the side of the road.

Wintermoon Festival organisers Patrick and Donna Burke provided Mr Davies with a festival ticket, return airline ticket and accommodation, so that he could help reduce waste at the festival and collect containers to raise funds for his Rotary club.

“Managing the 48 waste bins with the help of other volunteers was, for me, simply my endeavour to try and partly reciprocate such a significant debt of honour whilst, at my age (72 years-old), achieving a necessary work out,” Mr Davies said.

“Helping to reduce such waste in the environment, with the proceeds going to many charitable enterprises, can become very satisfying, if not addictive.”

Mr Davies and his team delivered 4,431 containers to the Gargett Recycling Centre for a cash refund of $443.

For Wintermoon Festival photos see page 19.

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