Locals score millions with recycling program

Since the start of the Queensland Containers for Change program in 2018, a total of $30 million in 10-cent restitution has been distributed to Townsville residents. In the past three years, more than 300 million beverage containers have been recycled by Townsville residents, and 113 million of those have been recycled in the past 12 months. Most beverage containers made of aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid cardboard between 150 ml and three liters are eligible for a refund. Ken Noye, CEO of Container Exchange, whose nonprofit runs the Containers for Change program, said more than five billion containers have been recycled in Queensland in the past three years. “We now want the residents of Queensland to help us achieve our ambitious recycling target of 85 per cent of all eligible containers sold,” he said. “The scheme offers customers a refund for the return of any eligible beverage container at over 320 refund points across Queensland. Mr Noye made his appeal during National Recycling Week, which was established 25 years ago to promote recycling practices across the country said everyone needed to be aware of the proper way to recycle containers. “It’s important to note that there are only two ways people can be sure that their beverage containers are not stored as permanent material on the landfill,” said Mr Noye. hand them in at one of our registered refund points across Queensland in exchange for 10 cents, or put them in the yellow bin provided by the council. or they’re destined to landfill “We all have a responsibility to reduce landfilling and this is an opportunity for every Queen Lander to do our part to ensure the future of our beautiful natural environment.” For more information about the Containers for Change program, visit www.containersforchange.com.au/qld

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