Gold Coasters can return their containers for cash from today!

Gold Coasters, it’s time to start collecting your empty cans and bottles if you’d like a little extra cash in your pocket.

The state’s much-anticipated Container Refund Scheme kicks off in Queensland today, giving residents the opportunity to receive a 10-cent refund for every eligible container they return at any of the 30 designated drop-off points rolled out across the coast.

The scheme, Containers for Change, is being launched by the Queensland Government in a bid to improve recycling rates and reduce litter.


Most aluminium, glass, steel, plastic and liquid paperboard containers between 150ml and three litres will be eligible for a refund, however there are some beverage containers that are not, such as glass wine and spirit bottles, plain milk containers, cask wine and registered health tonics.

Gold Coasters returning containers are being encouraged to create a personal scheme account, so that they can easily receive their refund directly into a bank account, as not all refund points will provide cash.

Other payment options include retail e-vouchers, whilst people can also donate their refunds to local charities and community groups in need.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch says she hopes that as many Queenslanders as possible will 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.

“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.”

There’s over 30 separate recycling points across the coast, which include over-the-counter depots, drop-offs, reverse vending machines, donation sites and mobile and pop-up refund points.

For more information, including a list of drop-off points, visit the Containers for Change website.