Container Refund Scheme

QLD Container Refund Scheme

Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme began on November 1, 2018.

The state-wide container refund scheme gives people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10-cent refund payment.

Queenslanders use close to 3 billion beverage containers every year. These containers are the one of the most littered items in the state, despite the fact they can be easily recycled. Beverage container litter is largely associated with drink consumption and is littering our parks, beaches, retail areas and car parks.

The scheme deters littering and encourages people to recycle their eligible containers. In addition to that, local school, sporting and community groups have the opportunity to use the scheme to benefit their fundraising efforts.

To learn more about Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme, please visit the Containers for Change website.



There are a number of accepted items and a number of non-accepted items within the scheme:

Accepted Items: 


Excluded Items: 

Excluded items



Need more information?

Give us a call at Council on 47473200, or visit the Containers for Change website.