My name is William Bourke, I work part time for a fast food company. I noticed how much rubbish we were producing and in particular I noticed how many milk bottles were going to waste. I was told that recycling was not an option as it was too costly. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. A close friend of mine worked for an animal rescue association and we got talking. I was mentioning how many milk bottles go to waste (over 50 per day) and she said that these could be used by the animals.

At first I was unsure about whether or not this would be a viable option, as the company I worked for produced lots of milk bottles. We went ahead and contacted the animal rescue organisation whom said that they would love to receive all of the milk bottles. They gave use guidelines on what we needed to do to ensure the milk bottles were clean for the animals. The hard part was getting my managers to approve this, it took three carefully thought out attempts and then they finally agreed. However, I first had to prove to them that this could be done effectively by creating a policy and procedures list.

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The date came to start the collection, posters were hung on the wall and milk bottles collected. The first delivery to the animal rescue organisation was a success and the program has continued since. The animal rescue association use the milk bottles for toys and drink fountains. Since the successful launch of the recycling program, the workplace has actually started thinking of their own recycling solutions. I am proud to say as of the new workplace lease, the company will bring a second recycling bin into their workforce.

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My recycling project is only small but I hope it makes a little bit of a difference. If everyone does something small, it should make a big difference. Without persistence my program would not have been approved in the first place, so if you want to make a change, remember persistence is key.

                                                      An article by William Bourke: Environmentalist 

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2 Comments

  • Jo-Anne King says:

    Hi Will

    Love your work Will.
    Here’s another way for householders/gardeners to recycle some of their milk bottles & cartons.
    I use the plastic milk containers by cutting off the bottom & removing the lid for mini hothouses when I plant new seedlings and in particular delicate seedlings such as lettuce or beetroot which are protected as you water around rather than on them in the morning and afternoon for the first week. During the day the condensation drips down the inside of the container to help as well .
    The cardboard cartoons can be cut to lay on their side & the spout used to allow for drainage. Pop in some soil and seeds and wait till they are big enough before transferring to the garden using the above plastic milk bottle method.

  • Sara says:

    Keep up the good work, we need more people making small changes! Good perserverance too!

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