QUEENSLAND’s new Container Refund Scheme has only been in operation for a month and already almost 50 million bottles and cans have been returned and recycled.
With each eligible container worth a 10c refund, the scheme has seen almost $5 million given back to Queensland residents, charities, schools, community groups and sporting clubs.
This equates to an average of over 1.5 million containers being returned every day, meaning there are less containers going to landfill, choking waterways and littering our environment.
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Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the results were ‘phenomenal” and proof the scheme was a “smash hit”.
“More than 60,000 Queenslanders have also signed up to receive their 10-cent refund on containers and more than 500 jobs been created as a result of the scheme across the state,” Ms Enoch said.
“Charities and community groups are also getting involved with over 1000 having registered with the scheme, sharing in the donation of refunds, to support vital community services.
“Queenslanders use nearly three billion containers every year and sadly they are the second most commonly littered item in the environment, despite the fact they can be easily recycled.
“I also have to highlight, and praise efforts of the container refund point operators, which has been outstanding, and the results speak for themselves.
“Many of these operators are small family-run businesses and I want to congratulate these operators for their hard work in getting the refund points up and running and Queenslanders for their support.”
Ken Noye Chief Executive Officer of Container Exchange, the organisation running Containers for Change, said the scheme provides opportunities for schools, charities, community groups and other not-for-profit organisations in the community.
“It provides unprecedented opportunities for these bodies to raise funds for much-needed resources, especially smaller organisations which have to compete for funding in the not-for-profit-sector,” Mr Noye said.
“Queensland will benefit from the 500 new jobs being created around the state to implement and operate the scheme, and that’s good news for people who want to work within the scheme.”
For more information visit containersforchange.com.au or phone 13 42 42.