Queensland Government: Expanding the container refund scheme

From 1 November 2023, glass wine and pure spirit bottles will be eligible for a 10-cent refund when returned to a container refund point in Queensland.

Over 6,600 Queenslanders recently provided feedback on expanding the container refund scheme during the consultation process.

There was overwhelming support for expanding the scheme, which currently includes most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers. More than 99 per cent of Queenslanders were in favour of more containers being included.

Before 1 November 2023, glass wine and spirit bottles will not be accepted at refund points and should still be placed in your yellow lid bin or taken to your local transfer station, where these services are available.

At container return points, you can direct the 10-cent refund payment to a registered community group. Some groups even run their own container donation  points to retain the refund payment. Not only will you be giving back to your community, you are also helping to keep waterways clean and free of litter and  reducing landfill.

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