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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    State schools to pilot new plastic recycle scheme

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, November 02, 2018

    State schools to pilot new plastic recycle scheme

    Thirty (30) Queensland state schools will be part of a pilot project to explore the best ways for schools to participate in the recently launched Container Refund Scheme, Education Minister Grace Grace announced today.

    The scheme, which started yesterday (1 November), offers a ten cent refund per item on any eligible container. Eligible containers can made from glass, plastic, aluminium or liquid paper board and can range in size from 150ml to 3L.

    “This is a fantastic scheme and one that I would love to see school communities from across the state get behind,” Ms Grace said.

    “That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is providing a grant of $100,000 towards the $150,000 total cost for P&Cs Queensland to undertake a pilot so that they can find the best way for our schools to get involved and maximise the benefits.”

    “The participating schools will trial ways to collect containers within their school communities and work to harness the energy of everyone associated with their school, including parents and carers, students and teachers.

    “P&Cs Qld will report back to the government by mid-2019 on the success of the pilot project and we hope to use these findings to encourage more schools to join the scheme.

    “I believe that most Queensland schools will one day benefit from this scheme which aims to increase the approximate 40 per cent recycling rate Queensland has now to upwards of 80 per cent, which is what has occurred in other countries when financial incentives are offered to recycle containers.”

    P&Cs Qld President Gayle Walters said they were very excited to be partnering with the State Government to get schools involved in the innovative scheme.

    “We see the Container Refund Scheme pilot program as an ideal opportunity to establish on-site donation points in Queensland state schools and we will be working with Refund Point Operators on a sustainable and safe plan to maximise benefits flowing to these schools,” Ms Walters said.

    “The scheme has the potential to provide invaluable education for our students on caring for their environment as well as providing a real boost to P&C funding.”  

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    Editor’s note: the list of school participating in the trial follows

    Media contact: Scott Chandler - 0439 587 472


    P&Cs Qld is partnering with two Refund Point Operators – Return.It Schools and Envirobank – Bag Drop Pilot – to work with 29 state schools across Queensland – they are:

    Return.It Schools – Purple Wheelie Bin Pilot

    Cairns

    • Balaclava State School
    • White Rock State School
    • Yorkeys Knob State School

    Townsville

    • Currajong State School
    • Pimlico State High School
    • Townsville Central State School
    • Townsville Community Learning Centre
    • Townsville South State School
    • Woodstock State School

    Toowoomba

    • Harristown State High School
    • Highfields State School

    Brisbane Southside

    • Chatswood Hills State School
    • Kimberley Park State School
    • Loganholme State School
    • Mansfield State High School
    • Mansfield State School
    • Robertson State School
    • Rochedale South State School
    • Shailer Park State High School

    Envirobank – Bag Drop Pilot

    Brisbane Northside

    • Albany Creek State School
    • Aspley State Special School
    • Aviation High
    • Earnshaw State College
    • Eatons Hill State School
    • Mitchelton State Special School
    • Nundah State School
    • Wooloowin State School

     Sunshine Coast

    • Mountain Creek State High School

     Gold Coast

    • Bellevue Park State School
    • Coombabah State School

    For more information on topic: www.pandcsqld.com.au