Residents cash in $2.8m worth of recycled cans
A cool $2.8 million has been returned to the pockets of Caloundra and Glass House residents who cashed in on a State Government recycling scheme.
Now, the Sunshine Coast has a new Containers for Change refund points which is set to open in Beerwah on Friday.
The depot, known as Change Exchange, is found at 37 Moroney Place, will go hand-in-hand with fellow centres at Cooroy, Caloundra West, Buderim, Kunda Park, Noosaville, Warana and Nambour.
Drive-through depots, where containers are dropped off, counted and refunded straight away, are different to bag-drop centres.
Since late 2018 when the scheme started, residents in the area cashed in 28 million containers worth $2.8 million to the community.
The scheme provides a 10 cent refund for every eligible container returned.
CEO of the not-for-profit Container Exchange, Ken Noye, said the new depot at Beerwah would make it easier for people to return containers.
"Queenslanders have now collected almost 3 billion containers across the state, an
effort that has contributed to a 54 per cent decrease in beverage container litter," Mr
"A key to improving recycling rates is providing customers with accessible refund
points they can use to find the cash they need from their containers.
"This in turn not only provides the community with extra funds, but is also of great
benefit to the local environment.
"The opening of the new depot will give the people of Beerwah and the surrounding areas easier access to participate in the Containers for Change scheme."
The Containers for Change scheme pays refunds on eligible containers in cash or via
EFT or your PayPal account if customers have registered for a scheme ID on the
Containers for Change website.
Charities and community groups can promote their scheme ID to supporters who can
donate their refund to their chosen organisation by quoting the scheme ID when they
The Beerwah centre is open from Monday to Saturday from 7am-6pm and Sunday from 7am-12pm.