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Mount Isans embrace Container Refund Scheme

Mount Isa is kicking goals when it comes to the Container Refund Scheme, with more than 430,000 recyclable containers dropped off at Council’s Waste Management Facility, and $43,000 returned to the community, since November 1 last year.


Council Director of Compliance and Utilities Services Jake Hart says Mount Isa residents have wholeheartedly embraced the Container Refund Scheme, with young children in particular especially enthusiastic about getting involved.


“Local kids have really been getting on board with this. For instance, they’ve been going out and doing rubbish clean-ups around the city and dropping off the eligible containers for some pocket money,” Mr Hart said.


“Since November 1 last year, more than 430,000 containers that would’ve otherwise gone to our landfill or been littered have instead been sent off for recycling, which is a great result for the city.


“We really appreciate the community’s enthusiasm and participation in the Scheme.


“The Scheme was designed to reduce litter in the environment and encourage more recycling, and we’re very happy that locals have been getting involved in a big way.”


In November and December last year, the most popular type of recyclable containers being dropped off were aluminium cans, comprising almost half of all containers, followed by plastic drinks bottles and glass drinks bottles.


Council is encouraging people to sign up for a Containers For Change account, at, to make the process of getting their refund a lot quicker and smoother.


Eligible containers of between 150mL and 3L in size – such as clear/tinted PET plastic soft drinks and water bottles, aluminium and steel cans, paper-based cartons for chilled beverages, and glass drinks bottles – can be dropped off and, just by informing a staff member of your Scheme ID, your refund can be deposited into your nominated bank account within a couple of days.


People are encouraged to remove the containers’ caps and lids, as well as to separate the containers by material, before depositing them at the container collection area of the Waste Management Facility, which is on Jessop Drive.


Residents are also advised about containers that are ineligible for the Scheme, such as wine or spirit bottles, plain-milk or cordial bottles, or shampoo/conditioner bottles.


Containers can be taken to the Waste Management Facility from 7.30am to 4pm, seven days a week, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


For more information, call Council on 4747 3200 or visit