Great endeavours are a boon to community
THEIR smiling faces and signature truck have become Warwick icons but the community contribution made by the Endeavour Industries employees is far greater than many may realise.
Manager Terry Politch said although the organisation serviced 100 businesses across the region and its employees were well-known in the community, people didn't actually realise how it benefited the area.
"At our recycling operations in Warwick, we recycle and divert from landfill nearly 200 tonnes of cardboard, paper, glass and other recyclables every month," he said.
"If we weren't recycling there would be an extra football-field sized amount in the landfill every year.
"Between 80 and 100 cubic metres of materials are kept from landfill every week by the Re-use Shop."
Mr Politch said the great work of the team wouldn't be possible without the strong support of the community, local business and Southern Downs Regional Council.
"The community helps us by letting us recycle and we help the community by keeping large amounts of rubbish out of landfills."
Other than keeping rubbish levels down, Endeavour also employs a large number of people with disabilities.
Mr Politch said it gave the employees a sense of worth, purpose and value in the community.
"Our guys come to work everyday because they want to - if they didn't want to they just wouldn't show up," Mr Politch said.
"They don't just develop work ethic; there is so much social value. They come to work, muck around with their mates, do their work and get paid for it."
Mayor Peter Blundell said the relationship between Endeavour and the council was extremely important, not just to council but the whole community.
"Endeavour plays a vital role in ensuring the effectiveness of our recycling programs and assisting in the efficient and first-class management of our landfills in both Warwick and Stanthorpe," he said.
"This arrangement has been in place for a number of years, certainly in the Warwick facility, and we have been delighted with the role that Endeavour has performed to date.
"We certainly hope that the relationship will continue for many years."
Making a difference
- Endeavour Industries opened its doors in November 1979
- The organisation employs 37 people with a disability and boasts 15 dedicated volunteers