After four weeks Queensland has celebrated 100 million returned containers from its popular Container Refund Scheme.
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More than 50 million drink containers have been returned during the first month of Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change, with almost $5 million in refunds being refunded.
Within the first four weeks, more than 60,000 Queenslanders have signed up to receive the 10-cent refund, alongside the creation of more than 500 jobs to support the scheme across the state.
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Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the scheme has been a smash hit and helps reduce the number of containers that end up in landfill or as litter.
“This is a phenomenal result in only four weeks and we have to remember this is just the very beginning for Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change,” Ms Enoch said.
“Queenslanders use nearly three billion containers every year and sadly they are the second most commonly littered item in the environment, despite the fact they can be easily recycled.
“Charities and community groups are also getting involved with over 1000 having registered with the scheme, sharing in the donation of refunds, to support vital community services,” she said.
Ms Enoch also praised the efforts of the container refund operators and said the results of their work speak for themselves.
“Many of these operators are small family-run businesses and I want to congratulate these operators for their hard work in getting the refund points up and running and Queenslanders for their support,” she said.
Container Exchange CEO Ken Noye said the scheme provides opportunities for organisations to help their communities.
“It provides unprecedented opportunities for these bodies to raise funds for much-needed resources, especially smaller organisations which have to compete for funding in the not-for-profit-sector,” Mr Noye said.
“Queensland will benefit from the 500 new jobs being created around the state to implement and operate the scheme, and that’s good news for people who want to work within the scheme.”
More than five million containers have been returned and recycled in the first week of Queensland’s Containers for Change container deposit scheme.
As part of the scheme, Queenslanders are able to get 10 cents back for returning bottles and cans across one of the schemes 230 sites.
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The scheme uses a mixture of over the counter depots, reverse vending machines, mobile and pop up refund points and drop off points.
Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said that more than half a million dollars have gone back towards Queenslanders or charities and community groups because of the scheme.
“We’ve also seen some great recycling happening in regional areas. More than 780,000 containers have been returned in Wide Bay, and more than 770,000 in Townsville,” Ms Enoch said.
“Queenslanders use nearly three billion containers a year, and sadly they are the most commonly littered item in the environment.
“This scheme has created about 500 new jobs, with people starting work at container refund points across the state,” she said.
Container Exchange (CoEx) is the company responsible for implementing and managing the scheme.
CoEx CEO Ken Noye said it was great to see more than five million containers recycled in a week.
“People are able to support local community groups by donating their containers and we encourage social purpose organisations to sign up for the scheme,” Mr Noye said.
“We also now have 27,000 people signed up with a scheme ID, allowing them to be paid their refund straight into their bank account.
“We’d love to see communities get behind Containers for Change to raise funds for schools, sporting clubs and other not-for-profits,” he said.