BOQ® helps Girl Guides cash in on corks


They say Christmas is a time for giving, so revellers will be happy to learn they can do their bit for charity when they crack that bottle of bubbly over the festive season.

Bank of Queensland has teamed up with Guides Queensland to enhance its Cork Recycling Program which has been running for more than eight years.

The use of the Bank’s 139 Queensland branches as collection points for donations of corks from the public will make the program more successful.

The Cork Recycling Program involves Guides collecting wine and champagne corks from the public and selling them to a manufacturing company, which makes items like corkboards and playground flooring.

Guides Queensland’s State Commissioner Lynne Price said she was honoured to work with Bank of Queensland to boost the Cork Recycling Program.

“As well as being an environmentally friendly initiative, the program is a major fundraiser for the Guides, with all money raised subsidising memberships for disadvantaged girls and helping improve its outdoor activities program, resources and facilities,” Ms Price said.

“Teams of volunteers from Guides Queensland sort and bag the corks by hand, before they are sent for recycling,” she said.

“An estimated 30 tonnes of corks are collected in Australia and the recycled corks collected by Guides save approximately 400 cubic metres of landfill each year.

“Bank of Queensland’s support will ensure that we can keep the good work going.”

Bank of Queensland Managing Director David Liddy said the partnership was part of the Bank’s community investment strategy.

“The Bank’s community investment strategy includes creating partnerships aimed at assisting young people in five major areas: education, health, welfare, the arts, and the environment,” Mr Liddy said.

"We are pleased to be able to support Guides Queensland, and help girls and young women all over Queensland.”

Local businesses, restaurants, and cafes are urged to hold on to their corks and drop them into their nearest BOQ branch.

Guides Queensland is a not-for-profit youth organisation that relies on community support and committed volunteer Leaders. It has been helping Queensland girls and young women since 1920.