Expanding the container refund scheme
Queensland’s container refund scheme (scheme), Containers for Change, aims to increase the recovery and recycling of beverage containers and reduce beverage container litter.
From 1 November 2023, the container refund scheme will be expanded to include glass wine and pure spirit bottles. From this date, all glass wine and pure spirit bottles will be eligible for a 10-cent refund when returned to a container refund point in Queensland.
Read more information on the container refund scheme.
For now, please continue to place glass wine and pure spirit bottles in your kerbside yellow-top bin, where this service is provided. These bottles cannot be returned for a refund until 1 November 2023.
Over 6,600 respondents provided feedback on expanding the container refund scheme during the consultation process which was held from December 2022—February 2023.
A total of 5,335 responses were received via the online survey and a total of 1,268 templated survey responses were received by email.
The online portal survey results were:
- Overall expansion of the scheme: 99% are in support
- Glass wine bottles between 150ml and 3L: 98% are in support
- Glass pure spirit bottles between 150ml and 3L: 98% are in support
- Flavoured milk, pure vegetable and juice and water and wine aseptic packs up to 3L: 95% are in support.
The templated email responses were overall supportive of all proposed changes.
Both the community and stakeholders provided written submissions with their thoughts on the proposed changes.
A total of 18 submissions were received, with these overall themes discussed:
- general positive comments
- need for further inclusions
- increase of incentives
- views on inclusion of wine bottles
- recycling centres.
A total of 23 submissions were received and the sentiment towards the proposed change varied between supportive, on the fence and not supportive (mostly in relation to inclusion of wine and spirit bottles). These three main themes emerged with subtopics.
- circular economy
- further inclusions in the program
- impact on MRFs
- glass only kerbside bin
- proposed further actions
- Program considerations
- administrative burden and cost
- impact on industry and support
- differences across states and territories
- consideration for timing of expansion
- industry consultation
- proposed further education