IN only five days, Mill Point Rotary Club sorted and shipped more than 19,000 linen items that were previously destined for landfill, to more than eight charities.
This rescue came as the fourth phase of the clubs Project Linen, which was inadvertently started by club member Chris Herrmann in 2016; after he received a tip off that a mine site in the Pilbara was taking a large batch of surplus bed sheets to the tip.
Project Linen co-ordinator Gerry McGann said the rapidly formed project was a great example of the club’s enthusiasm for working to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
“As contractors on these sites change out every three-four years, consumables like sheets, towels and cutlery cannot be reused,” he said.
“With such a large quantities I think most companies, where this is not their business, simply don’t know what to do other than send everything to landfill and that is where we step in be a conduit as best we can.
“Prior to this latest donation we saved more than $300,000 worth of linen, which has been daunting but seeing the smile on so many faces from those at the receiving charities has made it all worthwhile.”
Mr Herrmann said he was so grateful to his fellow Rotary members, who answered his call and did not leave him as just another voice bemoaning wastage.