The problem with drink containers
- They are the second most commonly littered item (after cigarette butts) with approximately 2.4 billion generated in Queensland alone.
- They pollute the natural environment and litter streets, parks and waterways.
- Nearly all drink containers can be recycled however most end up in landfill, and are not recycled.
What is being done to combat this?
The introduction of a state-wide scheme will give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a refund payment. This will help to:
- reduce the amount of drink container litter that enters the environment
- increase Queensland’s recycling rate.
Container Scheme Details
Queenslanders will be able to return eligible containers that attract a 10 cent refund via a container refund point. A series of container refund points will be established across Queensland which will collect eligible empty containers in exchange for the payment of a refund. These container refund points may operate on a permanent, temporary or mobile basis.
- Reduced litter and plastic pollution in the environment
- All containers receiving a 10 cent refund will need to be recycled resulting in improved recycling and recovery rates
- Increased business and employment opportunities
- Protection of wildlife
- Fundraising opportunities and increased awareness for community organisations charities.
Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme will commence on 1 November 2018.