Turning Trash Into an Employment Treasure

Employment prospects have been developing in East Gippsland for those with barriers to work in a very unassuming place – the local tip. Beginning 10 years ago, founded by members supporting young people into work, the Bairnsdale Recycling Enterprise Incorporated has held an important role in the area as a place to build on your skill set.

Initially created to encourage disengaged youth into employment, Local Learning and Employment Networks, the Shire and employment agencies came together to make a change not only to people’s lives but the environment too. Working from the Bairnsdale Regional Landfill site, the group began collecting items that could be upcycled, sold and used again – much like an opportunity shop. This venture saw employees improve on their training and employment prospects, while also assisting in building their life outside of work.

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