Cash for cans to start at Scenic Rim depots soon

DRINK BOTTLES: The container refund scheme will provide a 10 cent refund for every drink bottle recycled.
DRINK BOTTLES: The container refund scheme will provide a 10 cent refund for every drink bottle recycled.

THE state government’s Container Refund Scheme initiative will soon give Queenslanders a 10 cent refund for each drink container they recycle.

The Containers for Change program begins on November 1 with drop off depots now established within the Scenic Rim.

Containers for Changes spokesperson Adam Nicholson said Queenslanders use around three billion beverage containers every year.

“If they were laid end to end, those containers would stretch around the world 10 times and our goal is to get them out of the environment so that they can be turned into other products,” he said.

“The Containers for Change network will launch on November 1 with at least 230 refund points for people to get their 10c refund or donate containers to a Queensland charity or community group.

“Our customers in the Scenic Rim will be well looked after with five refund points operating in Boonah, Dugandan, Tamborine Mountain, Canungra and Bromelton.”

Mr Nicholson said there would be two types of donation points –  physical and virtual.

“Physical donation points are operated by community groups or charities and proceeds from recycled containers goes straight back to the community group or charity, he said.

“Virtual donation allows any community group, school or sporting group, charity and not-for-profit to register with the scheme and receive a scheme ID.”

He said the virtual process would enable groups to share their scheme ID with their customers, supporters and network base, without physically operating a container refund point themselves.

“When you take your containers to an over-the-counter depot, drop-off, reverse vending machine or mobile or pop-up site, simply use the groups scheme account ID to donate your containers and the nominated group will receive the 10-cent refund,” he said.

Mr Nicholson said people who wished to receive their refund in cash could use the over-the-counter depot at Boonah.

“We think the bag drop-off points will be very popular with people who want their refunds deposited directly into their bank account because it’s as simple as putting a printed label on a bag and dropping the bag in a ‘chute,” he said.

“We’re encouraging people to have a look at containersforchange.com.au for more information on which bottles are eligible and the different options for getting a refund.”