How thousands of recycled bottles and cans will help feed the needy

Published 9:30am 2 September 2022

How thousands of recycled bottles and cans will help feed the needy
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

A charity that grows fresh food for people in need has received a generous cash donation that will go towards starting a new farm thanks to people who responsibly recycled bottles and cans at the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival.

Nick Steiner from the Mini Farm Project was stoked to receive $380 after 3800 bottles were collected and cashed in for a 10-cent refund at Express Recycling Clontarf.

The Mini Farm Project is a charity that is working to create a network of farms to resolve food insecurity and grow food for people in need.

Speaking to Moreton Daily, Nick says the money will go towards starting new crops at their new site in Wamuran.

“We have just announced that we are partnering with

Luvaberry Strawberry Farm who have generously given us two acres to grow food,” Nick says.

Rotary Caboolture are our partners to promote this in the community.

“It will grow food that will be given to Caboolture Community ActionMoreton Bay Community Matters, the Breakfast Club RedcliffeMoreton Bay Meals on Wheels and OzHarvest.”

Development is planned for early 2023.

The Mini Farm Project also has farms in Samford at Millen Farm and Loganlea State High School. 

Another project is  in the works for early 2023, this time at Barns Lane in Coolum Beach.

Nick thanked those who attended the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival, saying “even the tiniest of actions can make the big differences”.

|“By simply putting your bottle or can in a recycling bin gives charities like us money so we can deliver positive outcomes for people in need,” he says.|

“This money is going to be a very big help to us.”

For more information about the Mini Farm Project, visit their website.

How thousands of recycled bottles and cans will help feed the needy

Diverting waste from landfill

Express Recycling Site Manager Michael Smith said by people choosing the right bin, they have stopped thousands of items ending up in landfill.

“It goes to show by picking the right bin, you can make a big change for someone else,” Michael said.

“Not only have we helped to save the planet and divert more than 3000 items into landfill, but we are also helping to give people access to fresh food.”

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