MORE than $1.7 million has already been refunded to Queenslanders through the state’s new container refund scheme, Containers for Change.
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said more than 17 million bottles and cans were returned and recycled within the first two weeks.
Ms Enoch said the figures showed more and more Queenslanders were embracing the recycling initiative.
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“It is obvious from these results that Queenslanders care about recycling, and want to improve how they manage waste,” Ms Enoch said.
“At the two week mark on Thursday, our figures were almost three times higher than what NSW recorded when their scheme first started.
“In the first two weeks of the NSW scheme, about five million containers were returned, and we had about 15 million on that day.
“Queensland is continuing to show up our rivals south of the border.
“This is also just the beginning of the scheme, and these figures will continue to grow as more Queenslanders get on board and get containers for change.”
Community organisation HELP CEO Greg Luck says that the partnership with Return-It, which operates container refund points, has been able to help place people who have been out of the workforce back into paid employment.
“We are excited to be a part of the Containers for Change scheme in Queensland, via Return-It and are very appreciative to place people who need and want the work into different jobs with Return-It,” Mr Luck said.
“This initiative complements HELP’s initiative to provide tailored employment solutions to job seekers and employers in Australia, and we are proud to partner with Return-It Queensland.”
Return-It Managing Director, David Singh said he was proud to be partnered with HELP.
“HELP plays an integral part in helping so many in our community. I think many people will opt to donate their refunds to this worthy organisation,” Mr Singh said.
“Return-It benefits the customer, the community and the environment, and we can’t wait to see how the partnership with HELP grows.”
This week marks National Recycling Week and Minister Enoch said it was a timely reminder to think about how Queensland can increase recycling and improve waste in other areas.
“This can include creating a compost for food scraps, recycling soft plastics, and jumping online to find where you can recycle other items like computers, phones, pain and white goods.”
For more information about Containers for Change and for a list of drop off locations, click here.