Container Refund Scheme | Brisbane City Council

Container Refund Scheme

From 1 November 2018, a state-wide container refund scheme will give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment.

Containers for Change is a Queensland Government scheme that places a 10 cent deposit on drink containers (150ml to 3L). That deposit is then redeemable at a container refund point. 

The scheme is being introduced as a litter reduction measure to remove drink containers from the litter stream. It is also a potential source of revenue for residents and community groups. 

The scheme is very similar to that which has been in place in South Australia for many years.

Find out more information about the new Container Refund Scheme.

Where to drop off containers

Council’s resource recovery centres will not be able to provide refunds for containers.

A list of the proposed refund collection points can be found at the Containers for Change website.

Residents can continue to place their drink containers in their recycling bin at home. Residents can also place their drink containers in the recycling bins at the resource recovery centres. Any refunds collected by Council will be used to offset the cost of providing the city’s waste services.

Collecting containers

Council encourages litter prevention in Brisbane to keep our city clean, green and sustainable and has community programs that encourage residents to pick-up litter in their communities to keep it out of our streets, bushlands and waterways.

Find out more about Council’s litter prevention programs.

For health and safety reasons, people should not go through bins for the purposes of taking items out of the bins, whether they are wheelie bins out on the kerb for pick-up or public bins.

Brisbane City Council Health, Safety and Amenity Local Law 2009 prohibits a person from removing or disturbing the cover of a waste container, except when placing waste in the container.

29 October 2018