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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

  1. 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
  2. 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

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Collect eligible containers

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Return your containers

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Earn a refund or donate to Wildlife Queensland

How do I donate my Containers for Change refund to Wildlife Queensland?

  1. Find your nearest collection refund point.
  2. 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.
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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. 

Find your nearest collection point.

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