Successful extension to Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme key to sustainable future

Following the successful passage of Container Refund Scheme legislation in the Queensland Parliament yesterday, the Australian Beverages Council has welcomed the decision to extend the timeframe for the introduction of the scheme as fundamental to the sustainability of the initiative.

‘The Queensland Government has made a carefully considered decision to extend the introduction of the container refund scheme to 1 November 2018 in order to ensure the configuration of this important program is sustainable from the outset,’ said Mr Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council.

‘We thank the Queensland Government for having the insight to listen to stakeholders and, in particular, the beverage industry, about our legitimate concerns.’

‘Deferring the scheme’s commencement will ensure it is fit for purpose from the beginning. The combined initiative of the Queensland Government and the beverage industry will ensure this important scheme will have wide ranging benefits for both residents and the environment,’ added Mr Parker.

Most drink containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres are eligible for a 10-cent refund under the scheme.

A not-for-profit organisation, Container Exchange (CoEx), has been appointed as the Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO) to administer and run the container refund scheme on behalf of the Queensland Government. ‘In appointing CoEx, the Queensland Government is ensuring this is a true producer responsibility scheme, which logically, only the beverage industry could operate,’ concluded Mr Parker.

Mr Geoff Parker is available for interview about the significance of industry working with state and territory governments on a range of industry issues, including waste management.


Australian Beverages Council

The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body representing the collective interests of the non-alcoholic beverages industry. We strive to advance the industry as a whole, as well as successfully represent the range of beverages produced by our members. These include carbonated regular and diet soft drinks, energy drinks, sports and isotonic drinks, bottled and packaged waters, fruit juice and fruit drinks, cordials, iced teas, and ready-to-drink coffees.

The unified voice of the Australian Beverages Council offers our members a presence beyond individual representation in order to promote fairness in the standards, regulations, and policies concerning non-alcoholic beverages.

The Australian Beverages Council introduced a dedicated juice division, Fruit Juice Australia (FJA), in 2009 and a dedicated water division, the Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI), in 2011. Through these, our organisation, and its relevance and impact continue to grow.

For further information or to speak with Geoff Parker, CEO, Australian Beverages Council:

Shae Courtney

Public Affairs Manager

Australian Beverages Council

T: 02 8313 7760

M: 0420 736 136


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