10-cent refund scheme comes to Qld

QUEENSLANDERS will soon be able to get a refund for their empty cans and bottles with the state set to introduce its Container Refund Scheme before Christmas.

Containers for Change’ will commence in Queensland on November 1 and will give Queenslanders an incentive to collect and return used containers for recycling.

Residents will receive a 10-cent refund for every drink container they return at any of the 230 designated refund collection depots that are tipped to be rolled out across the state.


When returning eligible containers to a refund point, they must be empty and free from contamination, and have their caps removed. For more information, click here.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the scheme would help improve recycling rates, reduce litter and provide a funding stream for charities and community groups.

Donation points will also be established across the state, allowing Queenslanders to donate their empty containers to a charity, community group or school so that they can receive the refund.

It is estimated that people in Queensland use almost three billion drink containers every year.

For more information, visit the Containers for Change website.