Benefits abound at newly upgraded recycling centre

October 9, 2016 by  

The recent reopening of the Balcatta Recycling Centre has transformed the outlet into an exciting new integrated business model.

Jointly undertaken by the City of Stirling and Workpower, which operates the centre, the project has been hailed a success by Mayor Cr Giovanni Italiano.

He said the much needed makeover has resulted in a facility that is now a social enterprise where employees, including people with disabilities and those without, work together in an integrated business model.

Italiano said the new facility provides many benefits environmentally and socially, as well as saving ratepayers money by reducing waste disposal costs.

The new team employed at the recycling centre, he added, is committed to achieving the best possible results from the reuse and recycling of household waste, while also building a valuable and sustainable resource for the city’s residents.

The mayor said a trip to the Tip Shop will now be more like a social outing where customers can deliver their goods, check out sale items, and enjoy a hot drink and snack available on site.

Workpower CEO Lee Broomhall said the new-look Balcatta Recycling Centre has provided additional employment positions for people living with disability, while also improving the shopper experience for customers.

This latest venture, she said, will see employees undertake a range of jobs like handling POS printing, loading and unloading goods, and servicing drinks and snacks from the kiosk.