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Recycling to make a difference

Tuesday 15 December 2020

It's great for the environment and 10 cents at a time it's bringing hope to cancer patients.

Through the state government's containers for change program, eligible containers can now be recycled for 10c per container with refunds able to be donated to the work of the PA Research Foundation in funding vital medical research.

Added to the list of organisations that Queenslanders can donate their recycled returns towards in late November, PA Research Foundation funds transformational health research at the PA Hospital (PAH) campus in Brisbane.

The Foundation currently funds research in breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, head and neck cancer, bladder cancer, and more. Keen recyclers need only quote the Foundation's ID number when they recycle their containers.

PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said though each container may only return 10 cents to the Foundation's work, every donation goes a long way.

"Whether it's 50 cents or $100, every donation helps provide hope to thousands of people diagnosed with cancer and other serious diseases and helps us to provide greater comfort and care to every patient treated at the PA," he said.

"We are blessed to have a community of passionate and generous supporters who now have another way they can raise funds for us which I know many of them will embrace wholeheartedly."

Mr Topp said the organisation is excited about the positive environmental impact the Foundation can have through their involvement in containers for change.

"We are always looking for new ways to raise funds, now we can also help make the world a cleaner and greener place," he said.

"Having partnered with the PA's sustainability committee to sell fertiliser made from food waste from the hospital, this is the second initiative we are involved in which will have a positive effect on the environment, while also raising vital funds for medical research."

Help fund vital medical research and patient support initiatives at the PA Hospital by recycling eligible containers just quote the Foundation's ID number C10244212 at any approved centre.

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel, and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible. For more information on what containers are eligible head to

Find your nearest approved recycling centre via this link.