Containers for Change
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Your change can make a BIG difference
Containers for Change, Queensland’s container refund scheme, was introduced on 1 November 2018 to help clean up our state. The scheme aims to increase recycling rates and reduce litter by encouraging Queenslanders to exchange eligible drink containers for a 10-cent refund.
You can help our environment and its wildlife by recycling eligible drink containers
You can donate your 10-cent refund to Wildlife Queensland when you recycle your bottles and cans. It doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up quickly, and every bit helps to protect and conserve our native wildlife.
Two ways your change will help wildlife
- You can donate your Containers for Change refund to Wildlife Queensland, and help to provide vital on-ground conservation actions to protect threatened species; and
- by recycling, you’re keeping plastics and glass litter out of our environment and protecting wildlife at the same time.
Did you know?
Queenslanders use nearly 3 billion drink containers each year.
3 easy steps to helping wildlife
Collect eligible containers
Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible.
Return your containers
There are four different types of container refund points across Queensland, so find the right one for you. Plus, C4C now offers a free home collection service, Container Collect, in selected suburbs.
Earn a refund or donate to Wildlife Queensland
You’ll receive 10 cents for every eligible container you return which you can keep or donate.
How do I donate my Containers for Change refund to Wildlife Queensland?
- Find your nearest collection refund point.
- Use Wildlife Queensland’s scheme ID number: C10002920 to donate your refund. You can also save the image with our ID number to your phone for quick and easy reference.
What containers are eligible?
Not all containers are eligible for the 10c refund.
Find out more about eligible containers.
With more than 360 refund sites across the state, you’ll find a Containers for Change collection point not far from you.
Latest container refund scheme news
Cheers! Glass wine, spirit bottles to be part of QLD container refund scheme
In an Australian-first, the Queensland Government has announced that the state’s container refund scheme (CRS), Containers for Change, will expand to include glass wine and spirit bottles from 1 November 2023.
Step Up to Clean Up this Clean Up Australia Day 2023
Clean Up Australia Day, Australia’s largest community-based environmental event, is on Sunday 5 March 2023. We encourage volunteers to get involved with local Wildlife Queensland branch initiatives or other nearby clean-ups.
Containers for Change looks to expand
Queensland’s popular containers for change program could soon be expanded to include glass wine and spirit bottles to ramp up recycling, put money back into the pockets of Queenslanders and charities, and protect the state’s environment and great lifestyle.