Container Deposit Schemes
- Queensland

Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme commenced on 1 November 2018, with more than 230 container refund points in operation across the State. The number of these sites will continue to grow as the Scheme matures.

With Queenslanders using close to three billion beverage containers every year, the introduction of the state-wide Container Refund Scheme [CRS], Containers for Change, was established to give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment.

The Scheme aims to:

  • reduce the amount of drink containers that are littered; and
  • increase Queensland’s recycling rate.

The scheme also provides benefits to social enterprises, communities and regional and remote areas by creating new jobs and recycling fundraising opportunities.

Container refund points have been established across Queensland to collect eligible empty containers in exchange for the payment of a refund. Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible.

For Queenslanders who prefer to donate their drink containers to a community group, sports club or another organisation, container return points can direct the 10 cent refund payment to a registered group. In addition, some groups will run their own container donation points at which the refund payment will be retained by them.

For further information including where the nearest collection point is, visit the Containers for Change website.

State CDS Information for Manufacturers

Containers for Change is a product stewardship arrangement with the costs of operating the scheme and recovering the containers for recycling paid for by drink manufacturers. This means that drink manufacturers take responsibility for the recovery and recycling of empty drinks containers ensuring that the environmental impacts from post-consumer waste is limited.

The Queensland Government appointed the industry-based, not-for-profit group Container Exchange (COEX) as the Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO), to develop and run the container refund scheme in Queensland.

The PRO is responsible for ensuring that an effective and efficient scheme operates in Queensland and that there is convenient and state-wide access to container refund points. COEX is focused on reducing beverage container litter, increasing recycling efforts and helping the community to benefit through charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations participating in the scheme.

Further industry information can be found on the COEX website.
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