Recycling scheme expands to include home collection

Published 5:00pm 5 July 2022

Recycling scheme expands to include home collection
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Avid recyclers no longer need to cart bags, boxes or bins of plastic and glass bottles to their nearest recycling centre for a 10-cent refund, with Containers for Change now offering a home collection service.

A number of Moreton Bay suburbs are eligible for the free service, which was launched recently.

This is in addition to the existing services where people can collect their refunds, including at depots, bag drops, reverse vending machines and pop-ups.

COEX is the non-profit organisation that implements the Containers for Change scheme.

Acting CEO Virginie Marley says Queenslanders have been recycling in record numbers, with 7 per cent more containers refunded last month compared to June last year.

“We are continuing to expand with more refund points across Queensland, there are now more than 360 refund points, so more communities than ever before can be part of environmental and economic change,” she said.

Containers for Change was introduced on November 1, 2018, to help reduce litter across the state.

How it works

Residents in the below suburbs must have a minimum of 100 eligible containers to qualify for home collection.

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a 10-cent refund.

Excluded containers include:

  • Plain milk containers of all sizes including plant-based milk substitutes
  • Glass containers that contained wine or pure spirits
  • Containers 1L or more that contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Concentrated/undiluted cordial or syrup containers
  • Sachets above 250ml that have contained wine
  • Registered health tonics

Once a person has the minimum number of containers for collection, they can sign up for a scheme ID and then book a day and time for collection.

Once your appointment has been confirmed, you will need to label your bags with your scheme ID and then leave them in a safe place which can easily be accessed on collection day.

The bags are then taken to a depot for counting and you will receive your refund via PayPal or bank transfer.

Containers for Change, Queensland’s container refund scheme, was introduced on 1 November 2018 to help clean up our state.

Recycling scheme expands to include home collection

See if your suburb is eligible 

The Container Collect service is currently being offered in the following suburbs:


Clontarf, Margate and Woody Point


Redcliffe, Scarborough and Newport






Albany Creek and Bridgeman Downs only


Bald Hills only


Eatons Hill only


Arana Hills


All suburbs


Lawnton only


Petrie only


Kallangur, Dakabin, Griffin, Kurwongbah, Murrumba Downs and Whiteside only


Narangba only


Burpengary and Burpengary East only


Morayfield only


Banksia Beach, Bellara, Bongaree, White Patch and Woorim


Deception Bay only


Mango Hill and North Lakes only


Bellmere, Caboolture, Caboolture South, Upper Caboolture, Beachmere, Donnybrook, Meldale, Moodlu, Rocksberg and Toorbul only


Godwin Beach, Ningi and Sandstone Point only


Wamuran, Bracalba and Wamuran Basin only


Cedarton, D'Aguilar, Delaneys Creek, Mount Delaney, Neurum, Stanmore, Stony Creek and Woodford


Elimbah only


Armstrong Creek, Camp Mountain, Closeburn, Draper, Highvale, Kobble Creek, Mount Nebo, Mount Samson, Samford Valley, Samford Village, Samsonvale, Wights Mountain, Yugar, Cedar Creek and Samford


Dayboro, King Scrub, Laceys Creek, Mount Pleasant, Ocean View, Rush Creek


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