Containers for Change Containers for Change

The Queensland Government is introducing a Container Refund Scheme to reduce the volume of litter from beverage container entering our environment by providing an incentive for the collection and return of approved containers for recycling in exchange for a refund payment.

When does it start?
From 1 November 2018 eligible beverage containers can be returned to a container refund point in exchange for a 10 cent refund.

What containers can I exchange?
Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and three litres are eligible for a refund when returned to a nominated container refund point.

Eligible drink containers
Crushed cans or plastic bottles eligible for a refund can be returned to a container refund point or donation point, providing that they can be recognised as an eligible container under the scheme. For safety reasons, glass bottles need to be whole and intact.

Preferably, lids should be removed from beverage containers before they are taken to a container refund point.







Non-eligible drink containers
Excluded containers, such as plain milk bottles and glass wine bottles, can still be recycled through existing kerbside collection or drop-off services at transfer stations.

Containers that are not eligible for a refund include:

  • Less than 150ml
  • Greater than three litres
  • Any plain milk containers
  • Any glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • Containers of one litre or more which have held flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Concentrated/undiluted cordial or syrup containers
  • Sachets above 250ml which have contained wine
  • Registered health tonics



More information can be found by clicking here

What are Container Refund Points?
Container refund points operated by businesses or organisations where members of the public can return eligible empty beverage containers in exchange for a refund of 10 cents per container.

Operators of container refund points will be responsible for:

  • Collecting, counting and sorting collected containers
  • Paying refunds to members of the public
  • Sorting and preparing materials for collection by Container Exchange or one of its nominated service providers for further processing and recycling.

Where are Container Refund Points in the Scenic Rim?
Connection Exchange has announced five sites which will be available as container refund points in the region.

Regional provider, Anuha, is  working to establish four mobile drop off points which will be at Tamborine Mountain, Canungra, Beaudesert and Boonah.
These sites will be serviced by a mobile collection vehicle for you to bring your bagged/ boxed containers.
Exact locations and times will be announced by Anuha.

The other provider for the region is Re.Turn It. Council believes this will be an over-the-counter depot at Boonah.

What do I need to do to participate?
For mobile drop-off locations:

  • Register: you need to visit and create your scheme account.  This will allow you to receive payment via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) into your bank account.
  • Bag it: bag your containers using a multi-use plastic bag/ paper bags/ boxes.
  • Tag it: tag your containers using labels printed at home or printed at your local container refund point, displaying your scheme ID and transaction ID.
  • Drop it: drop off your containers at your local container refund point.

You will also be able to donate your containers to a community group or charity using their unique scheme ID.

For over-the-counter depots:
Over-the-counter depots, using manual or electronic scanners, will count your containers immediately and provide refunds in cash or via an electronic funds transfer into your bank account (depending on the quantity of containers you have).
Some over the counter depots will also provide a drop-off service, allowing customers to quickly ‘drop-off’ their bags of containers.
You will also be able to donate your containers to a community group or charity using their unique scheme ID.

Further Information

For scheme information: visit or call 13 42 42.
For mobile drop-off locations information: contact Anuha or call 07 5462 4461.
For over-the-counter depot location information: contact Re.Turn It or call 07 3390 1377.

Read the latest council media release here.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Council has adopted a long-term Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan to help address the challenges of sustainably managing waste now and into the future. Although Council can implement key strategies, adopt new technology, provide infrastructure solutions and plan for the region’s future, successful implementation of waste reduction and recycling strategies require the ongoing support of the community.



Recycling is a great way to help the environment when it comes to waste. But it is just one step in the waste cycle. To minimise the amount of waste we create we need to look at all the steps in the waste cycle. The easiest way to do this is to remember: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE


Using your recycling bin effectively

Use your 240-litre Council recycling bin for:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel cans, including aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Newspaper, cardboard, magazines and advertising brochures
  • Aluminium cans
  • Juice and milk cartons
  • Lids from bottles and jars

Do not place in your recycle bin:

  • Food scraps
  • Garden waste
  • China/ceramics/mirrors
  • Plate glass/heat resistant glass
  • Plastic bags
  • Clothing
  • Household waste
  • Rocks, dirt, stones
  • Building materials
  • Oil, acid or other chemicals

Do not place your recyclables in plastic bags. Recyclable materials should be placed loosely in your recycle bin.

Home Composting

Studies in Scenic Rim region have shown that up to 30 per cent of the materials presented for weekly waste collection are organic and could be composted at home. Composting at home is easy and will not only help reduce waste but will also produce an excellent soil conditioner/ fertiliser for your plants and gardens.

Kitchen scraps and garden waste can account for up to 50 per cent of domestic rubbish. Residents are encouraged to turn their food and vegetable scraps and grass clippings into organic garden fertiliser.

Compost Bin Rebate Program

Council would like to support residents of the region who reduce their food waste going to landfill, by providing a $30 rebate towards the purchase of a selected compost bin. The rebate is available to residents (limit one per property) who purchase a 220-Litre Compost Bin at participating Mitre 10 retailers located in Beaudesert, Boonah, Tamborine Mountain and Kalbar. The rebate will consist of 50% (maximum $30) off the total price of a selected compost bin valued at $60, or alternatively $30 off any other selected compost bin stocked by the retailer of same or higher value.

To apply for the rebate, please complete the online form below, and a voucher will be posted out to you. Vouchers must be presented and surrendered upon purchase of the compost bin to obtain the discount. Please note that compost bin stocks will vary from store to store, and a waiting period may apply for orders. If you would like further information, please phone Council's Waste section.


Compost Bin Rebate Application Form
Please note this program is only available to residents of the Scenic Rim
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