Discarded bread clips are now a thing of the past, at least for Bakers Delight in Port Central that is.
The bakery is collecting bread clips for a national charity that helps provide wheelchairs for those in need.
Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs collect the donated bread clips that more often than not end up in landfill, the charity then sells the clips to a recycling company in South Australia before using the money to fund wheelchairs for people in third world countries.
Bakers Delight in Port Central started collecting discarded bread clips about a year and a half ago and now have over eight kilograms worth.
"I first stumbled across Aussie bread Tags for Wheelchairs on a bakery Facebook group and it was a simple process to sign up through the website to become a collection point," said Bakers Delight Port Central franchisee Aaron Hall.
"We started off with a little basket to collect the bread clips, but that quickly filled up and now we have a larger bucket and are now just shy of eight-and-a-half kilograms of donated bread tags."
Mr Hall said once they reach 25 kilograms they will send the bread clips off to Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.
"They need 250 kilograms to fund one wheelchair and we want to get 25 kilograms to make it 10 per cent of one chair," he said.
The eight-and-a-half kilograms equates to approximately 22,669 individual bread clips.
"It has been great to see the community get behind this as well. We've had people drop off bags of bread clips that they've been keeping for years.
"A lot of our regulars collect their bread clips over a few weeks and then drop them off in Ziploc bags."
Mr Hall said collecting the small bits of plastic for recycling is also helping the environment.
"It means that there is one less thing in the bin and reduces the amount of plastic ending up in landfill," he said.
"I do encourage people to bring in their bread clips and donate them for a good cause. They don't just have to be from our bakery, but can be from anywhere.
"We're hoping that if there's more word out there about what we're doing, the more donations we will get."
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