More than 800 million containers have been returned across Queensland, since the state’s Containers for Change scheme began in November 2018.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the milestone was reached while Parliament was sitting in Townsville.
“We know Townsville residents care about recycling because of the amazing results we’ve seen through the scheme, with more than 59 million containers in this region alone, including more than 6.4 million in just the month of August,” Ms Enoch said.
Ms Enoch said the scheme’s popularity has exceeded expectations, with the volume of returned containers roughly three times higher than predicted.
“As more and more Queenslanders have been getting on board with this recycling scheme, businesses are embracing the economic and job opportunities,” Ms Enoch said.
According to Ms Enoch, there are more than 300 operating container refund points across the state, with an average of three million containers returned each day.
“With more than 800 million containers now returned across the state, this means $80 million has been refunded to individuals and families, charities and community organisations,” Ms Enoch said.