ONE new job has been created for a person with disability thanks to six new clothing recycling bins placed around Greater Bendigo this month.
The additional bins mean there are now 34 such bins run by Bendigo disability service provider Radius over a catchment area stretching from Echuca to Bendigo.
Radius Environmental Services manager Peter Young said the service's Southern Cross recycling program currently employed six people with disabilities to help manage the clothing bins.
"We know that for every five clothing recycling bins we can locate, it will create one job for a person with a disability," Mr Young said.
"With the addition of six bins we can create one new job."
He said the clothing bins were serviced on a regular basis; in Bendigo on Mondays and Friday and Echuca on Tuesdays.
Chief executive Cath McDonald said Radius employed people with a disability who had diverse skills and expertise.
"Traditionally waste is regarded requiring only the skills of sorting and warehousing, however our newest social enterprise Rags and Riches offers employment in design, textiles and retail using reclaimed articles," she said.
"RES recycling services are reducing Bendigo’s landfill by over 100 tones per year."
Simon Clay, manager of City of Greater Bendigo's waste services unit, said the Radius' bins fit with the City's aims to increase recycling and half the amount households send to landfill.
"The additional installation of charity bins byRadius provides resources with further opportunity to recycle household goods and prevent this material ending up in landfill."
For information about job opportunities, to host a clothing recycling bin, or if you have unwanted e-waste to be removed, phone Peter Young on 5440 8926 or 0427 784 009.