Initiative reduces environmental footprint

COLLECTION: Members of Wellington's Girl Guides group collected bags of empty plastic bottles for recycling. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

COLLECTION: Members of Wellington's Girl Guides group collected bags of empty plastic bottles for recycling. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

An aged care facility in Wellington has teamed up with the local Girl Guides to reduce their environmental footprint while raising funds for the town’s youth.

As regular users of bottled water the team at Bellhaven Aged Care Facility saw an opportunity to put the empty bottles to good use and chose Girl Guides as benefactors of the initiative. 

The facility uses approximately 40 bottles per day which are collected by the Girl Guides and recycled using the Return and Earn machine at Woolworths carpark.  

“All residents are given fresh water daily,” Catherine McGovern of Bellhaven said. 

“Even if they are not used they are replaced due to infection control practices.

“Any unused water is poured into pot plants or into the garden, then the empty bottles are set aside for the Guides to collect.” 

Members of the youth group regularly collect bags of bottles from the facility for recycling, the first trip resulting in a profit upward of $40.

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