Dave Evans to Marjorie Roth in Yepoon Coastguard to Finish EPIRB
by Trish Bowman
UpCycle CQ volunteers are working hard to utilize every component of unwanted items that might otherwise be disposed of, creating endless opportunities to reduce, reuse, recycle and circulate our resources in the community to display.
This week, the group took another step forward with the recycling of all components of emergency indicating radio beacons (EPIRB).
Coastguard spokesman Arthur Hunt said he was excited to see EPIRB’s components broken down for reuse elsewhere.
“Earlier when people brought their old EPIRBs to the Coastguard, we used to put them in the bin,” Mr. Hunt said.
“Upcycle CQ is now taking them apart and recycling every component, including metals, plastics and batteries.
“This is another great example of reducing the waste already set aside for our overflow landfill and saving our natural resources.”
UpCycle CQ’s founder and managing director, James Callum, is thrilled that the group has established yet another source of unwanted items that can be put to good use.
He can’t help but be excited about the prospect of the nonprofit group continuing to expand while educating people about the endless possibilities of using unwanted items.
Mr. Callum can easily boast about his wide skill base as teacher, lecturer, entrepreneur, child protection officer, member of Yepoon Lions, the list goes on, but his true passion revolves around knowing more about How he can make a difference in his community and environment.
“While in the past most of our waste was bio-organic, today it is quite a different story,” he said.
“In the modern age people love their technology, we have developed a circle of material culture. When something breaks or is no longer in use, people become disillusioned and devalue things.
“At Upcycle CQ, we encourage people to be innovative and create an environment for manufacturers to keep goods in the use cycle.
“It is not just about getting people to value things, we want them to add value.
“It’s about creating a crib-to-cradle circular philosophy where stuff is brought back to our community instead of being cradled for graves.
“It’s also about creating wealth and encouraging people to be innovative.”
Founded in 2019 courtesy of Livingstone Shire Council Start Up Grant, a group of about 20 volunteers (numbers still growing) are not only helping to recycle, reuse or recycle, they are learning new skills , sharing their skills with others, and helping reduce waste going to landfills.
“Upcycle CQ is always evolving as more and more people are coming to lend a hand,” Mr. Callum said.
“We are constantly looking for areas of application, how we can work with other groups and how we can help others.
“We have women who have never used a screwdriver here weekly to help take apart stuff and separate components.
“We have people learning to think innovatively to find new uses for those components.
“Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and we all learn from each other.”
Mr Callum said the group also facilitates workshops with schools, PCYC, businesses and other groups to encourage people to change their way of thinking.
“I enjoy workshops with kids where they are encouraged to think later and come up with solutions. Developing young entrepreneurs and encouraging them to think for themselves will help hone those important skills Which they can use for life.
“We have invited local community organizations and social enterprises to come together in workshops and explore their sustainability issues and challenges, which provide a platform to share experiences and identify common organizational themes that are relevant to our sustainability efforts. negatively affecting their desired social/environmental outcomes.
“We have many more areas that we have yet to explore. Ultimately, I would love to see UpCycle CQ grow to include workshops across all of our regional council areas, where we can nurture and develop this initiative. We can help you to increase your potential.
“We need to grow our recycling chains and create new ones.
“We can become an ecotourism hot spot where people can come and take knowledge of what we are doing in our areas.”