Queenslanders get ready to cash in your containers for change

Published Sunday, 28 October, 2018 at 12:00 PM

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

With now less than one week to go, Queenslanders are being urged to get ready to cash in their containers for change from 1 November 2018.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said over 230 refund points were getting ready to start receiving containers from Thursday right across Queensland.

“This is just the very beginning of the scheme, and I want to see it continue to grow with more and more people getting involved and more refund points becoming available,” Minister Enoch said.

“To get ready for the scheme, I am asking Queenslanders do three simple things.

“First - find out where your nearest refund point is located.

“The easiest way to do this from the interactive map that is located on the Containers for Change website.

“Second – create a scheme account so that you can receive your refunds directly into your bank account.

“Not all refund points will provide cash. It’s important that all Queenslanders who wish to cash in their containers create an account on the Containers for Change website so that they have a choice about how their refunds can be paid.

“Other payment options such as retail e-vouchers and digital wallet options are also available through some refund points and all refund points will have a donate option.”

“Third – start collecting your empty containers.”

While most aluminium, glass, steel, plastic and liquid paperboard containers between 150ml and 3 litres are eligible, there are some exceptions, such as glass wine bottles and plain milk containers.

The Containers for Change website contains information on which containers are eligible and remember to remove the lids and put them in your yellow top bins.

Container Exchange Acting Chair Alby Taylor said the network of refund point operations would include depot style refund points, mobile and pop up and bag drop off refund points. In more populated areas, there will be reverse vending machines available.

“This is a huge network involving many hundreds of people and small and large businesses all over Queensland who are all committed to successfully rolling out the scheme.

“CoEx will continue to add to the network, ensuring Queenslanders will be able to access their refund and that opportunities for community groups and sporting clubs to receive donated containers to raise much needed funds are provided.”

Ms Enoch said she hoped that as many Queenslanders as possible would take advantage of the scheme and claim their 10 cent refunds.

“Around three billion drink or beverage containers are used every year in Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.

“Laid end to end those containers would stretch around the world 10 times.

“We want to make sure Queenslanders, wherever they are in the state, have the opportunity to receive the refund, or to donate the refund to a charity, school or community group of their choice.

“We recognise the scheme will take time to be fully established and reach maturity, which is why we required a minimum number of 232 refund points be established for 1 November and for this number to increase to more than 300 sites within the first year of operation.”

For more information visit www.containersforchange.com.au or phone 13 42 42.


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