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A Cherbourg recycling facility, set to open in July, says it wants to become the region's biggest employer of Indigenous people.
The only recycling plant in the South Burnett region in Queensland, the facility is working with Indigenous Business Australia on creating job opportunities. Manager Andrew Beckett says the facility employs four Indigenous people but he says it has the capacity to employ more than 30.
Mr Beckett says there are currently no recycling program in the South Burnett and landfill sites in surrounding shires are filling up. 'We are focusing on our own backyard for the moment, we have further plans but I have been meeting with a group of different representatives from regions like Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast and Gympie but they've always had their eye on Cherbourg to see what we are doing,' he said.
Local businesses are being encouraged to dump recyclable items at the facility for free.