As of today (November 1, 2023) the Queensland’s container refund scheme will now include glass wine and spirit bottles as part of its collection capacity at the various collection points around the state.
Since launching in November 2018, the Containers for Change scheme, which provides 10-cent refunds for eligible drink containers, has continued to grow from strength to strength after already celebrating its sixth billion container milestone in February this year.
A record 1.13 billion containers have been returned to container refund points across the state this year with every month in 2023 breaking respective monthly records since the scheme began.
Queenslanders and charities continue to benefit from the scheme with more than $700 million returned to the pockets of Queenslanders, including almost $11 million being paid to charities and community groups.
The seven billion container milestone comes ahead of a planned expansion of the Containers for Change refund scheme. From 1 November, the ability to get a refund will be extended to include glass wine and pure spirit bottles.
The addition of glass wine and spirit bottles will build on the existing benefits of the program and will help to significantly increase the recovery of glass for remanufacturing into new glass bottles and other applications such as home insulation.
“Queenslanders right across the state have gotten behind our container recycling initiatives, and I know many avid recyclers are excited about the expansion coming on 1 November,” said Queensland Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leanne Linard.
“Since the scheme began, more than seven billion containers have been saved from ending up as landfill, which is proof of the scheme’s incredible success.
“Before the launch of Containers for Change in 2018, only 18 per cent of drink containers were being recovered and recycled in Queensland. That recovery rate has now increased to around 64 per cent and from [today] we will be the first state in Australia to accept glass wine and pure spirit bottles for a refund.”
“These amazing results show that Queenslanders are continuing to make change through container recycling,” said Natalie Roach, chief executive officer of Container Exchange.
“We’ve had one of our biggest years to date and this is due to the enthusiasm and commitment our customers have for participating in the scheme.
“With our scheme expanding to include glass wine and pure spirit bottles on November 1, we’re looking forward to welcoming even more customers to our refund points across Queensland.
“Our network is also continuing to grow. In April we opened our first refund point in the Torres Strait on Badu Island, in June we launched the Palm Island refund point and the most recent addition to our network was a drive-through depot in Lawnton which has seen more than 517,000 drink containers returned since opening on July 12.”