One billion containers returned in first year of scheme


As Queensland marks the first anniversary of the container refund scheme, Containers for Change, today Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch has announced a massive milestone has been reached - one billion containers have now been returned.

“With Queenslanders able to get 10 cents back for recycling their containers, the outstanding results we’ve seen in the first year of the scheme has seen $100 million returned to Queenslanders and community groups,” Ms Enoch said.

“It is clear Queenslanders are enthusiastic about recycling and protecting the environment.

“The scheme has also created around 700 new jobs over the past year, and more than 330 refund points have opened state wide.”

Minister Enoch said the popularity of the scheme – brought in by the Palaszczuk Government – had far exceeded expectations since the beginning.

“The volume of returned containers we have seen over the past year has been about a third higher than predicted.

“On average, we’re currently seeing more than 3.4 million containers a day being returned across the state,” Ms Enoch said.

“And not only is it providing a refund to Queenslanders – it is also helping the environment.

“These containers were the second most littered item in our state, but since the scheme started there has been a greater than 35 per cent reduction in containers ending up as litter.”

Businesses and community organisations have been embracing the economic opportunities that the scheme has created.

“More and more small businesses are getting involved in running refund points, and charities and community groups are also seeing the benefits through fundraising activities.

“Ten cents per container adds up; and in the last 12 months more than $100 million has gone back to individuals, families, community groups and charities, including RSPCA Queensland who have raised about $3500 in donated refunds.” 

RSPCA Queensland said the money donated by entering its Containers for Change scheme ID at refund points goes directly into providing emergency care for animals.

“We are very grateful for the money received through the container refund scheme and we urge everyone to consider us when they choose to donate,” spokesperson Michael Beatty said.

“Over 52,000 animals pass through our shelters every year and sadly the numbers of native animals and birds coming into the wildlife hospital has nearly quadrupled in the last six years.”

Minister Enoch has also announced that the Palaszczuk Government is offering funding to more than 100 not-for-profit and community organisations to help the scheme grow and provide a much needed boost to fundraising efforts.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to boosting recycling with well over 100 infrastructure grants being offered to not-for-profit organisations,” Minister Enoch said.

“These grants of up to $10,000 will help community groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations purchase the equipment necessary to be donation points, the refunds from these donated containers going directly back to the community group.”

Ken Noye, the CEO of Container Exchange (COEX), the not-for-profit company appointed to run the Containers for Change scheme, said the scheme supported economic and job growth, with more than 700 jobs created across Queensland, with many in regional areas. 

“One of the biggest benefits of the scheme has been the employment opportunities provided to young job-seekers, individuals with a disability, people re-entering the workforce and the long-term unemployed,” Mr Noye said.

“The economic benefits have also reached families, community groups, schools and sporting clubs as a whole new revenue stream has been created.

“I encourage anyone who hasn’t already started cashing in their containers to register for a scheme ID through the Containers for Change website.”

Container refund point operator TOMRA have been a participant of the Containers for Change scheme since its inception.

TOMRA representative Ryan Buzzell said the first birthday of the scheme was a great opportunity to reflect on the success of it and TOMRA’s involvement.

“Across the network, we have 10 sites in operation that has provided employment opportunities, generating more than 66 full-time jobs,” he said.

“We have also been happy to provide a service to the community built around customer experience and ease of use.”

For more information on the Containers for Change scheme visit or call 13 42 42.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Community Conservation Environment Queensland Government

Leeanne Enoch MP : Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts :
07 3719 7270
Leeanne Enoch MP : Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Queensland talent takes the stage at Brisbane Festival 2020 04 September 2020 | Queensland artists will take centre stage throughout September, with the much-loved Brisbane Festival returning from tonight. More information...
Sunshine Coast biologist is Queensland's 2020 Tall Poppy winner 27 August 2020 | An empirical biologist from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has won the 2020 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year Award. More information...
Important reforms progress biodiscovery and mine rehabilitation 11 August 2020 | Two important commitments have been delivered on by the Palaszczuk Government in Parliament today, with the passage of legislation to establish Queensland’s first Rehabilitation Commissioner and put in place... More information...
First Nations language to be acknowledged in naming of national parks 31 July 2020 | Cape Upstart National Park may receive a new name in the traditional language of the regions first inhabitants through the National Parks First Nations Naming Project, following public consultation. More information...
Extension to COVID fee waivers a welcome relief for tourism operators 29 July 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government is extending support for tourism operators conducting commercial activities in National Parks until September 30, under its Immediate Industry Recovery Package. More information...
Queensland stARTS plan for economic recovery in arts sector 21 July 2020 | Independent Queensland artists and arts workers impacted by COVID-19, will receive financial relief with more than $700,000 in Palaszczuk Government stART grants recently awarded. More information...
New arts funding to help economic recovery 15 July 2020 | Two programs are opening today supported by the Palaszczuk Government’s $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package, to help get the state’s economy back on track. More information...
It's the last straw for Queensland's single-use plastics 15 July 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government has introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic items in Queensland, starting with straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates. More information...
More camping spots in national parks to open 10 July 2020 | It will be now be easier for more families, friends and interstate visitors to pitch a tent and be camping under the stars, like in the beautiful bush settings of Coochin Creek in Beerwah State Forest. More information...
Be prepared for a great National Park camping holiday! 06 July 2020 | Attention beach campers and four-wheel drivers – don’t start your holidays without a booking and a permit. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service