QUEENSLAND’s new Container Refund Scheme has been in operation for just two months and already, more than 100 million bottles and cans have been returned and recycled.
The recycling initiative, dubbed Containers for Change, was launched by the Queensland Government last November in a bid to improve recycling rates and reduce litter.
The scheme gives residents the opportunity to receive a 10-cent refund for every eligible container they return, meaning almost $10 million has been given back to Queensland residents, charities, schools, community groups and sporting clubs.
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Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said reaching the 100 million milestone in just two months showed just how popular the scheme is.
“This is a mammoth collective achievement with great participation from those who have returned containers and those who are running the scheme,” Minister Enoch said.
“Increasing recycling levels is also delivering jobs for Queenslanders with more than 500 jobs created throughout the state as a result of the new refund points set up.”
Chief Executive Officer of Container Exchange, Ken Noye, said he was looking forward to seeing what 2019 would bring.
“The scheme has already seen over 102 million containers returned and over 500 new jobs provided in under two months,” he said.
“COEX is excited for Containers for Change to continue to grow in the new year, expanding our network of Container Refund Points, providing more jobs and refunding more containers.”