RECYCLING: Kingaroy Lifeline volunteer Cath Roberts and store supervisor Ange Jesse have a go at recycling their containers for change to support community groups.
RECYCLING: Kingaroy Lifeline volunteer Cath Roberts and store supervisor Ange Jesse have a go at recycling their containers for change to support community groups. Jessica McGrath

Kingaroy gets into recycling for change

KINGAROY Lifeline has welcomed the Containers for Change to their store, as the state-wide refund scheme comes into effect today.

Store manager Ange Jesse said it was a fantastic idea for the charity to join forces with Return-It to give consumers an opportunity to recycle.

"I think it's great us being the only ones in Kingaroy," she said.

The refund scheme was a win-win situation for the environment, the charities, and the consumers who can claim it back on their tax.

"It'll teach everyone to clean up after themselves," Ms Jesse said.

She said it was an especially good thing for South Burnett consumers who do not have access to kerbside recycling collections, to have the opportunity to teach their children about recycling.

Queensland shoppers are being urged to be patient and to not blame retailers for any transition issues as the refund scheme is implemented in the stores.

"It'll be great for some, and not for others, with us not being able to give cash back straight away," Ms Jesse said.

The National Retail Association said a lot of planning has taken place, however there could still be minor teething problems under the new scheme.

Queenslanders will be able to claim a 10-cent refund when they return used beverage containers to any of the 230 collection points across the state.

NRA industry policy manager David Stout said the State Government had done a lot of pre-planning, which included delaying the start date by four months.

"Experiences in other states and territories show there can be some teething issues," he said.

"The implementation of the NSW scheme was rushed and resulted in all sorts of problems, such as there not being sufficient collection points, and delays that caused cars to queue up that resulted in traffic hazards."

Under the NSW scheme, consumers were slugged with a 15-cent increase when purchasing a beverage, but only entitled to a 10-cent refund.

"This is not the case under the Queensland scheme, which is cost-neutral for consumers," Mr Stout said.

The scheme will provide both environmental and economic benefits to Queensland.

"The premise behind the initiative is to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of litter across Queensland," he said.

What to do for the refund scheme:

1. Collect your eligible containers

Consumers can receive a refund for most drink containers between 150ml and three litres, but the containers must be empty and have the caps off.

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

From December 1 next year, all beverage manufacturers will display the new refund mark on their containers.

It is important to recognise not all containers are eligible for the refund scheme.

Cordials and plain milk containers are not included in the scheme and will be be eligible for a refund.

Excluded containers are those less than 150ml and greater than three litres.

Other excluded containers include:

- Any plain milk containers

- Any glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits

- Containers 1L or more which have contained 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

2. Set up your scheme account.

People are able to sign-up for a scheme account, to receive the refund, via an electronic funds transfer into the bank account.

The account also allows people to nominate their charity or organisation for the donations.

Other refund payment options are available, such as cash, voucher and donation, and do not require a scheme account.

3. Return your containers to a collection point

South Burnett residents have access to four different drop off points.

Kilkivan residents will be able to drop off their containers at the post office on Bligh St from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

There are also a mobile drop off point coming soon at the Yowie Park in Kilcoy along the D'Aguilar Highway.

The Kingaroy drop off will be at the Lifeline store on Kingaroy St from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays, 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday and is closed on Sunday.

The Cherbourg drop off will be at the recycling centre on Stan Mickelo Drive from 7am to 3.30pm on weekdays.