More than 700 million containers have been returned across Queensland since the container deposit scheme (CDS) started nine months ago.
The new figures were shared at the end of July to highlight how far the Containers for Change scheme had come since it started in November 2019.
Minister for Environment, Leeanne Enoch, said the volume of returned containers was about a third higher than predicted.
“As more and more Queenslanders have been getting on board with this recycling scheme, businesses have been embracing the economic and job opportunities.
“More refund points have been opening across the state, and now there are 307 refund points open, which was the target set for November 1 this year. This means the scheme is three months ahead of schedule, which is amazing. It is a clear indication that Queenslanders care about recycling and are embracing this scheme,” Enoch said.
The 700 million containers that have been returned, equate to $70 million refunded to individuals and families, charities and community organisations.
“Our state is a much cleaner place thanks to people’s overwhelming enthusiasm to cash in their containers, with an average of around 3 million containers being returned per day,” Enoch said.
“More than 193,000 Queenslanders are now registered under the scheme, which has also helped create more than 600 new jobs across Queensland.”
Since Containers for Change started, the government estimates there had been a 35 per cent reduction of containers ending up as litter, and this is expected to increase.
Ken Noye, CEO of Container Exchange (COEX), the not-for-profit organisation that runs the scheme, said when the scheme commenced, a target of 307 Container Refund Points (CRP) open in 12 months was set.
“The opening of this CRP sees us meeting that target three months ahead of schedule and I would like to congratulate the COEX staff, operators and the community for making that possible.”
Queensland Container Recycling at Loganholme is Queensland’s 307th refund point, which opened this week.
Owner, Leigh Armstrong, said it was a great opportunity to start a business in something that mattered to him.
“I’ve always been interested in doing more to save the environment, recycling and creating a more sustainable future for myself and family,” Armstrong said.