Container Refund Scheme

Containers for Change: Container Refund Scheme (CRS)

The QLD Container Refund Scheme (CRS) will commence across the entire state on 1 November  2018.  The scheme is run by an organisation called Container Exchange appointed by the Queensland Government.

Residents will have 3 options for dealing with eligible beverage containers:
  1. Eligible containers can be taken to registered Container Refund Points (allowing for the collection of a 10 cent refund for each eligible item).
  2. Eligible containers can be donated to community groups via donation points, allowing for the 10 cent refund to be ‘donated’ to the community group/organisation
  3. Residents can continue to place hard plastic, glass and aluminium beverage containers/cans in their yellow lid recycling bins for processing at Councils Material Recovery Facility (MRF).  Council will be eligible to redeem the 10 cent refund.
What is an eligible beverage container?

The Queensland Government maintains a complete list of eligible empty beverage containers

Where are the registered container refund points in the Cairns region?

Container Refund Point locations across the Cairns region will be published on the Containers for Change website.

What does it mean to donate a container?

Residents will be able to donate eligible containers to community groups, sports clubs or other organisations to help them raise funds.

Where can I donate containers?

Donation points across the Cairns region will be published on the Containers for Change web page. Container Refund Points may also provide the opportunity to donate the refund amount to community groups, sports clubs or other organisations that they have partnered with.

Further support for Not-For-Profit, Community Organisation or schools fundraising FAQs is available.

I'm running a community event and would like to collect eligible containers, where can I obtain further support?

For event support including supply of bins contact local refund collection points operating in the Cairns region.  A full list of these providers is visible on the containers for change website.

Where can I obtain further information?

Further information about the scheme can be accessed at the Qld Government's Container Refund Scheme and the Containers for Change websites.

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Last updated: 01 November 2018