Most of us throw our coffee cups and towels into the general recycling, but actually, according to Lois Dillon of the Camperdown- based not-for-profit in Sydney’s inner West, coffee cups can’t be recycled because of their plastic film, and nor can paper towels.
If they are kept separate, Mates on the Move will collect these and deliver them to SUEZ, a waste management, recycling and resource management company.
At the moment, Mirvac pays Mates on the Move to collect from its offices in and around the Sydney CBD. This well-intentioned organisation, which started life as a furniture removal business, trains and employs ex-prisoners just released from jail.
Many of the employees move on to other jobs, and all the profits go back into upskilling and training for people who find it hard to get that first job when just released, Lois says.