THE team that runs the Tip Top Shop at the Gladstone waste transfer station is hoping to keep the shop open, and has plans for expansion if all goes well.

Employee Laura Cook and 18 other staff members also are hoping they will still have a job in upcoming months.

Head of resource recovery Scott Prior said the Tip Top Shop was currently up for tender.

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"The Tip Top Shop was closed towards the end of last year and we had to step in quite quickly," he said.

"We've now been told it's up for tender and we've put in a bid, so we're hoping that runs on the board will help us."

The shop employs 18 people, five of them indigenous, from disadvantaged backgrounds or long-term unemployed.

"We were awarded a grant from Westpac to expand in Gladstone and that's what we've done," he said.

"Our company develops community solutions and pride themselves on training and mentoring these people and getting them back into work."

Mr Prior said the organisation supported the locals and in turn locals supported them.

"We're currently on the hunt for Asian influence bits and bobs and old bikes for props to be featured in the performance Mikado."

The team encouraged locals to be more nifty with their trash.

"I've noticed that we have become a very throw-away society - things are cheap and cheaply made," he said.

"So I encourage anyone with an imagination to come down and find something to turn from rubbish into a gem."

If the Tip Top Shop is successful in the tender, Mr Prior plans to extend the shop to include a restoration workshop that will employ more people.

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