‘Containers for Change’ coming to a location near you
The long-awaited Container Refund Scheme (CRS) is finally making its’ way to Queensland and Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP is keen to make sure the electorate of Glass House and it’s community and sporting groups are ready to make the most of it.
“It’s pretty simple, from 1 November 2018, when you return your container you get a refund and in so doing we will hopefully see an increase in recycling across the state,” stated Mr Powell.
The scheme is being run by Container Exchange Ltd (CoEx), a not-for-profit entity funded by manufacturers with an independent chair and board who report directly to the Queensland Government.
“CoEx are aiming to provide communities with social, economic and environmental benefits through their innovative container refund initiative” said Mr Powell.
Most containers between 150mL and 3L will be eligible for a refund, and all containers which offer a 10 cent refund must be recycled. A full list of eligible containers can be found at www.containersforchange.com.au and Mr Powell is urging all residents to familiarise themselves with this list before the scheme comes into effect.
“Whilst you are able to collect the refund yourself, you may also like to nominate a registered charity, community group, school, not-for-profit organisation or sporting group to receive your refund instead. These groups are able to register themselves as a donation point by applying through the CoEx website,” Mr Powell continued.
“I want to assure residents that this process will be made as convenient as possible for them. Container Refund Points will be located at a mix of permanent and mobile locations, which can include depots, mobile/pop-ups, bag drops and reverse vending machines. I want this process to be an easy one for everyone,” said Mr Powell.
“Already, refund locations have been approved at Caboolture, Nambour and Caloundra. However, I anticipate that many more refund locations will appear before the scheme kicks off and councils give further approvals.”
Mr Powell says that the best way to stay up to date on CRS locations is to keep an eye on the Containers for Change website listed above. Confirmation of sites that will be ready to operate from day will be made available on the website by mid-October.
“I am excited to see how the community embraces this scheme, as I know it is idea that many of my constituents have raised with me over the years. They have been asking for a CRS scheme and I am pleased that we’ve finally been able to deliver it,” concluded Mr Powell.