CONTAINER EXCHANGE: Maranoa councillors Geoff McMullen and David Schefe support the container refund scheme.
CONTAINER EXCHANGE: Maranoa councillors Geoff McMullen and David Schefe support the container refund scheme. Molly Hancock

Container exchange scheme under way

FINALLY a form of recycling is set to be introduced into the Maranoa in November.

The container refund scheme is an initiative that was announced by the State Government in September 2017.

According to the State Government, Queenslanders use close to three billion beverage containers every year, which are the second most littered item in the state despite the fact they can be easily recycled.

The introduction of the state-wide container refund scheme will give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling in exchange for 10 cents.

Community members will be able to return eligible containers via a container refund point which will be established in the near future.

The eligible drink containers as part of the scheme include most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paper-board beverage containers between 150ml and 3L.

However, drink containers that are not eligible include plain milk containers, glass containers that have contained wine or pure spirits, large flavoured milk, cordial or vegetable containers, cask wines or registered health tonics.

The Maranoa Regional Council has recently resolved to make an application as the container refund scheme operator.

Maranoa Regional Council said the new scheme provides opportunities for local community groups to organise collections and return containers to raise additional funds.

Boomerang Alliance and Container Exchange will be conducting a local community forum on how groups can participate.

The forum will be held in Roma on Tuesday, October 2 from 5.30-7pm at the Roma Bowls Club.


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