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State MPs Brittany Lauga, Member for Keppel, and Barry O’Rourke, Member for Rockhampton, have announced that refunds of more than $40 million have been returned to Queenslanders and community organisations under the Containers for Change scheme.
“More than 400 million containers have now been returned across Queensland since the scheme started,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“Of that, more than 30.6 million containers have been returned to container refund points across the Fitzroy/Central Queensland region.
“It is fantastic to see so many people in our community embracing this recycling initiative,” Mrs Lauga said.
“Local school children, families and community groups have embraced the benefits of the Container Refund Scheme and are cashing in on opportunities.
“The scheme has also created more than 620 jobs across Queensland, which is fantastic,” she said.
Containers for Change provides a 10-cent refund for recycling cans and bottles.
“It provides a financial incentive to recycling containers, and there is also the option for people to donate their refunds to charities and community organisations,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“This is also a win for our local environment, as it means less containers are ending up in our waterways.
“Queenslanders used to use nearly three billion containers every year and sadly, they are the second most commonly littered item in the environment, despite the fact they can be easily recycled.
Mr O’Rourke said, “businesses are also seeing the great economic opportunities this scheme presents. More refund points are becoming established, creating more business opportunities, and making the scheme more accessible for Queenslanders.
“When the scheme was launched, we had more than 230 container refund points statewide, but with a lot of hard work behind the scenes, that’s now grown to 270,” Mrs Lauga said.
Mrs Lauga met with local contractor, Kanga Bins, last week, to discuss issues that have been raised by her constituents.
“I’m hopeful of a number of resolution methods promised by the company shortly,” she concluded.
For more information, visit www.containersforchange.com.au or phone 13 42 42.