Queenslanders use close to three billion beverage containers every year and for that reason the state-wide container refund scheme, Containers for Change, was introduced in 2018.
It gave people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment.
The container refund scheme’s key points were to reduce the amount of drink containers that were littered, increase recycling rates and to provide benefits to social enterprises, communities, and regional areas by creating new jobs, recycling and fundraising opportunities.
Since Containers for Change commenced more than 1.5 billion containers have been returned for a refund. Over 700 jobs have been created.
Playing its role in the operation is Beveridge Container Recycling at 33 Belar Street, Yamanto and 140 Eagle Street Redbank Plains.
Their two depots have become amongst the most popular drop-off sites in the city. Keys to their success are convenient bays, drive throughs, they count and sort, they pay cash, or deposit into your account and they specialise in bulk loads.