HOWZAT! Gympie cashes in 30 million containers
MORE than $3 million has been returned to the community in Gympie after an impressive
milestone was registered in the Containers for Change scheme last month.
The 30 millionth eligible container was returned through one of the two Container
Refund Points (CRPs) that service the Containers for Change scheme in the town.
The Containers for Change scheme rewards customers with 10 cents for every
eligible container returned through CRPs.
In Gympie alone that equates to $3 million being returned to residents, charities,
community groups and sporting clubs.
Ken Noye is the chief executive of Container Exchange, the not-for-profit company
that runs the Containers for Change scheme for the State Government.
He offered congratulations to the community on producing a real benefit for the local
environment in Gympie and its surrounds.
It is this commitment to recycling by Queenslanders that has realised a 54 per cent
decrease in beverage container litter across the State since the scheme began in
“The Containers for Change scheme is significantly decreasing the number of empty
drink containers that are being left in the environment,” said Mr. Noye.
“The figure of 30 million containers returned is evidence of the tremendous benefit
that residents are bringing to the Gympie area with their recycling efforts.
“Every container counts in the recycling effort, and this work has also directed back a
significant amount of funds to both residents and local community groups in the
Two CRP locations are responsible for the 30 million in eligible container returns,
with residents able to return at either the depot at Glanmire or the bag drop at
Araluen, with both facilities run by Return-It.
“Return-It is proud to play an integral part of the Containers For Change scheme and
support the local Gympie community,” said Return-It CEO, Alby Taylor.
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“At Return-It, we are always looking for ways to support the community in making a
change for good by recycling eligible drink containers and raising much needed
“Return-It is dedicated to helping its customers ‘create a habit’ and is committed to
reducing the number of recyclable items ending up in landfill or littered in our
“Since the launch of Containers for Change in November 2018, we’ve seen
community organisations including schools, sporting teams and commercial
organisations collect large numbers of containers and return them to our depot.”
The Containers for Change scheme pays refunds on eligible containers in cash or via
EFT or PayPal account if customers have registered for a scheme ID on the
Containers for Change website.
Charities and community groups can promote their scheme ID to supporters who can
donate their refund to their chosen organisation by quoting the scheme ID when they
To find out more about Containers for Change including what containers are eligible
for a refund and to sign up for a scheme ID, visit containersforchange.com.au or call 13 4242