RECYCLE: Manager Andrew Beckett shows natural resources minister Dr Anthony Lynham around at the Cherbourg Recycling Centre, one of the Containers for Change drop off points.
RECYCLE: Manager Andrew Beckett shows natural resources minister Dr Anthony Lynham around at the Cherbourg Recycling Centre, one of the Containers for Change drop off points. Matt Collins

Locations revealed for residents to get into recycling

SOUTH Burnett residents will now be able to recycle their containers to help the environment and the community.

Residents can drop off their recyclable containers in Kingaroy, Cherbourg, Kilkivan and Kilcoy from November 1.

The Cherbourg Recycling Centre and the Kingaroy Lifeline will be accepting recyclable containers in exchange for 10c as part of the Queensland Government's initiative, Containers for Change.

Containers for Change acting chair Alby Taylor said this initiative would help improve recycling rates, reduce litter and provide opportunities for charities, community groups and other not-for-profit organisations.

"Forty-five per cent more plastic rubbish is found in this state than in the rest of the country," he said.

More than 230 refund points throughout the state were launched on Thursday, with the number expected to grow to more than 300.

Residents are encouraged to collect their containers for the exchange, with most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and three litres eligible for a refund.

Lifeline has partnered with Australian recovery and waste management company, Re. Group, to bring a change for good to the South Burnett via Return-It, providing an easy way to deposit recyclable containers.

Return-It will have more than 100 sites across Queensland, including bulk depots, as well as convenient express drop-offs at charity stores.

Return-It's model allows a person to receive a 10c refund per eligible container, whilst also supporting local charity groups of their choice at the same time.

Re.Group managing director David Singh said it was an exciting time for Queenslanders to take ownership of recycling while supporting their local community.

"Bringing Return-It to Queensland will give people a change to get back on track with their recycling, putting the billions of containers used in Queensland each year, into the right place, to be recycled, rather than ending up in landfill or waterways," he said.

As part of the containers for change program, 10c per container will be returned at Return-It Express or Depot locations, and people can choose to save it for themselves or donate it to charity.

"Return-It will pay our charity partners for every eligible container that is returned through their stores, so customers are still supporting the charity even when they keep the whole 10c," Mr Singh said.

"By connecting with charities, we have access to a broad range of people and can encourage them to create a habit of recycling."

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 8.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

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