June 12, 2014
City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Endeavour Foundation Chief Executive Officer David Barbagallo have today officially opened the organisations Reedy Creek Drop-off and Recycle Market, which is turning trash into treasure and raising funds to support people with a disability on the Gold Coast. Endeavour Foundation opened the Reedy Creek recycle market operations 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. “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 used 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.”
As the old adage goes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and Endeavour Foundation Commercial Manager Nick Hully said it couldn’t be truer at the Reedy Creek Recycle Drop-Off and Recycle Market centre. “The best way to describe our Reedy Creek recycle market is you just never know what you’re going to unearth. Every time you move around or you turn something over there’s a treasure you never expected to see and buyers can snap the treasures up at bargain prices,” Mr Hully said.
“There is an amazing selection of items on sale that would otherwise be destined for landfill, including household goods, indoor and outdoor furniture, bikes, books, retro and vintage pieces, paintings, toys, building equipment and lots more. We have even had a boat given to us.” Regular opening hours for Reedy Creek Recycle Market are 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.