SKILFUL: Russell Loudon has been working as a document destroyer with the Endeavour Foundation.
SKILFUL: Russell Loudon has been working as a document destroyer with the Endeavour Foundation. Matt Taylor GLA250718ENDE

Russell: The Document Destroyer

CHANCES are they've come to your business already but if they haven't, it might be time to consider using the services of Endeavour Gladstone.

Workers from the Lyons St building are entrusted with shredding documents from about 170 Gladstone businesses.

But where does the paper end up?

Once the shredding process is finished the 400kg bales are transported to Yatala business FibreCycle, where they are turned into kitty litter.

One shredder is 22-year-old Russell Loudon, who has an intellectual disability and works five days a week - three at Endeavour and two as a groundskeeper at Bororen State School.

Employment coach and productions foreperson Rachel Morris said each employee was supported and trained in each machinery area.

"Documents get brought here, tipped onto the conveyor, go through a sorting process and all the items that can't be made into kitty litter, non-absorbent materials, need to be removed,” she said.

Russell Loudon with Rachel Morris is working as a document destroyer with the Endeavour Foundation.
Russell Loudon with Rachel Morris is working as a document destroyer with the Endeavour Foundation. Matt Taylor GLA250718ENDE

Rachel said Russell had come a long way since he first arrived at Endeavour over two years ago.

"When he first started he'd sit by himself in a corner reading a book, now he sits at the table and joins in more,” she said.

"He's an undercover funny man - he was quiet for about a year and now he's coming out of his shell.

"I like making a couple of wisecracks and smart alec comments,” Russell quipped.

Russell is an all-rounder when it comes to his work, able to step in at any stage of the shredding process.

"I can do all three - the compactor, the shredder and the conveyor belt,” he said.

"I like to see how much (bales) I can get done in a day... I also get to work with friends I went to school with and make a few new ones.”

Endeavour Gladstone also require transport pallets as they constantly run short.

Contact Endeavour Gladstone on 49726026 to help out.



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