Recyclers dumped as Tugun centre closed
By CHRISTIAN STANGER
THIS week's closure of the Gecko Recycle centre in Tugun is bound to have a detrimental effect on the local environment, according to manager Jennifer O'Driscoll.
The recycling centre which stocks everything from industry off-cuts to disused furniture ? which would otherwise end up as landfill at the Tugun tip ? and also runs courses for youngsters and work experience for students at Coolangatta Special School, will vacate its Tugun warehouse to make way for the development of a council transfer station.
Ms O'Driscoll claims with all the good the centre does in the community, the community and environment will be bear the brunt of the after-effects.
"The community will definitely suffer from this and we get a lot of very poor people shopping here and it's really sad that they won't have anywhere to go now," she said.
"People would stop here on the way to the tip and give us a load of furniture or whatever they had and we've given stuff to women's refuges and we've given things to homeless people without charge.
"With all these offcuts and everything else, nobody recycles like this and there's nothing like this left."
After the announcement of the centre's closure late last year, Gecko put the call out in the community for a new space for the recycling centre, but as its new premises would have to be free, there were no takers.
According to Ms O'Driscoll, it's now up to the council to give the centre the opportunity to keep going on new premises.
"People pull up with some beautiful stuff but we can't take it so it goes straight up to the tip and it's perfectly good, it's really sad," she said.