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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
Two ways your change will help our native 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
- 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 more than 3 billion drink containers each year.
How it works
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 (see below).
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?
From 1 November 2023, glass wine and spirit bottles from 150ml to 3L are accepted for a 10-cent refund at Containers for Change refund points across Queensland.
Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a 10-cent refund.
Some beverage containers are not eligible for a refund. Generally excluded containers are those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3L. Find out more.
Latest container refund scheme news
National Recycling Week, established by Planet Ark in 1996, promotes sustainable living and empowers Australians to make eco-conscious choices. This annual event, held during the second week of November, focuses on educating individuals and encouraging the purchase of products made with recycled content to close the recycling loop.
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.
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.