On the eve of Containers for Change’s second birthday, Ken Noye, Container Exchange CEO, looks back on the scheme’s achievements and shares what’s next for this recycling success story.
In its first year of operations, Queensland’s container deposit scheme Containers for Change has seen one billion containers returned.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the return rate is 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.
“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.”
Ms Enoch said the scheme has also seen $100 million returned to Queenslanders and community groups.
“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,” Ms Enoch said.
“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.”
Ms Enoch also announced that the state government is offering funding to more than 100 not-for-profit and community organisations to help the scheme grow, and provide a boost to fundraising efforts.
“The state government is committed to boosting recycling with well over 100 infrastructure grants being offered to not-for-profit organisations,” Ms 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.”
Container Exchange CEO Ken Noye said the scheme is supporting economic and job growth, with more than 700 jobs created across Queensland.
“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.”
Queensland’s container refund scheme Containers for Change, has seen the return of 400 million containers since beginning in December.
The scheme, which is run by not-for profit organisation Container Exchange, provides a 10-cent refund for recycling cans and bottles.
Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the scheme has generated $40 million for residents and community organisations.
“It provides a financial incentive to recycling containers, and there is also the option for people to donate their refunds to charities and community organisations,” Ms Enoch said.
“Container redemption volumes are about a third higher than forecast, and Containers for Change continues to defy expectations.”
Ms Enoch said containers are the second most commonly littered item in the state, with Queenslanders using nearly three billion every year.
“More refund points are becoming established, creating more business opportunities and making the scheme more accessible for Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch.
“The scheme has also created more than 620 jobs across Queensland, which is fantastic.”
Container Exchange CEO Ken Noye said when the program launched it had 230 container refund points statewide, which over five months has grown to 270.
“We’re now seeing things settle down at most depots and bag drop-off points due to a steady increase in the number of container refund points around the state,” Mr Noye said.
Seven new deposit points are scheduled to open by the end of April at Hervey Bay, Atherton, Bribie Island, Cooroy, Yamanto, Airlie Beach and Beaudesert.
- Greater Brisbane: 174.2 million
- Gold Coast: 36.8 million
- Sunshine Coast: 19.9 million
- South East (including Ipswich): 3.5 million
- Darling Downs: 28 million
- Wide Bay: 35.9 million
- Fitzroy/Central Queensland: 30.6 million
- Mackay: 11.9 million
- Townsville/North Queensland: 33.3 million
- Cairns/Far North Queensland: 26.5 million
- South West: 5.9 million
Total: 406.5 million
After four weeks Queensland has celebrated 100 million returned containers from its popular Container Refund Scheme.
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.