Energex turns trash into treasure

Sunshine Coast Nippers, Meals on Wheels, animal welfare groups and schools are among a host of community groups set to benefit from the sale of Energex’s scrap materials.

The Energex Community and Sustainability Fund (ECSF) will share $75,000 between 17 local south-east Queensland community groups.

Energy Minister Mark McArdle joined Energex chief executive officer Terry Effeney in presenting the grants to community groups at Energex’s corporate headquarters in Newstead.

The initiative, now in its fourth year, injects important funds into community organisations for community-based and sustainable projects.

Instead of the waste products ending up as landfill, Energex staff, through the recycling program, are helping local community groups and the environment while maintaining a strong commitment to sustainability.

All ECSF sponsorships are wholly funded by the sale of scrap metal and other materials.

Last financial year, around 3500 tonnes of metal, 620,000L of oil and 4460 tonnes of timber were recycled from Energex’s capital works and maintenance programs.

Recipients of the most current sale include Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club, Gympie Meals on Wheels, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, Ipswich State High School and Wivenhoe Pocket Rural Fire Brigade.