Caloundra prepares to welcome the Container Refund Scheme

Queensland will take a major step towards reducing beverage litter in the environment when the Container Refund Scheme (CRS) is introduced on 1 November 2018.

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said he expects the Caloundra community to embrace the new refund scheme with open arms due to the positive environmental impact it will have as well as the potential financial benefit for local organisations.

“We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but unfortunately Queensland still remains one of the most littered States in Australia and beverage containers are the second most commonly found item in our parks, streets and waterways like the Pumicestone Passage,” Mr McArdle said.

“The CRS provides an incentive for people to collect and return eligible containers for recycling in exchange for a 10 cent refund per container.

“This opens the door for enormous revenue raising programs for community organisations and charities such as our local Scouts troops.”

Scouts Qld General Manager Gavin Kelly said the scheme had the potential to be quite a substantial income source for community groups and the Caloundra Electorate could expect to see local Scouts become involved.

“I expect every Scouts group in Queensland will eventually act as a donation point with a wheelie bin or caged trailer dedicated to collecting containers so the refund can then be paid back directly to that Scouts groups,” Mr Kelly said.

“It’s not just Scouts; the scheme will have significant benefits right across the board for all community groups, helping them reduce other fundraising programs they may be running.

“For Scouts there will be the added benefit of getting the kids involved with their local community through container drives and speaking with local businesses about potential partnerships.

“Scout Groups in South Australia do very well from container recycling as a fund raiser so the possibilities are remarkable.”

Mr McArdle said new information about drop off locations and exactly which containers would be eligible for the refund will continue to be updated over the coming weeks and months, but Caloundra already has three confirmed locations.

“At this time we know there will be Local Container Refund Points in Caloundra, Dicky Beach and Caloundra West,” Mr McArdle said

“Closer to 1 November community groups will be able to register as either a mobile drop off locations where the community can donate their containers or a virtual donation points so people to choose for their refund to be directed to that group.

“Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L (litres) are eligible for a refund when returned to a container refund point. However there will be some types of containers that are excluded such as plain milk containers and glass which has contained wine or pure spirits.

“The containers that are eligible for a refund are those which make up the majority of container litter in the environment. Excluded containers can still be recycled through existing kerbside collection or drop-off services.

“I expect that Caloundra will come together as a community to ensure that we are all aware of which containers are eligible for the refund, support local community groups and do our part to ensure our local environment remains pristine.”

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To find out more about Scout Groups participating in your area, please contact Gavin Kelly by emailing gm@scoutsqld.com.au or ring the Scouts QLD office at 07 3870 7000.

For more information about the scheme, eligible containers or to sign up as a collection point visit: http://containerexchange.com.au/ or www.containersforchange.com.au

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For further information contact: Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.