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Palaszczuk Government applauds Sunshine Coast environmental heroes

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  [MEDIA] 12th March 2019

At Living Choice, Minister Enoch met with residents who collect containers from the village and donate the refunds to Sunshine Coast charity Wishlist.

“It was wonderful to meet the dedicated residents today who have returned about 19,000 containers to raise money for charity.

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The most common pieces of garbage we throw on our streets

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  [NEWS] 7th March 2019

"...discarded coffee cups, chip packets and chocolate and lolly wrappers were also common, but there was a noticeable reduction in plastic bottles and cans after the Containers for Change refund scheme began."

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43K containers cashed in on first day

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  [NEWS] 7th March 2019

FOR a town of 2,400 people, collecting 43,930 containers in a single day is a feat to be celebrated. 

After a successful launch of their depot on Saturday, the St George Lions are thankful for the town's support, with more than $4000 making its way back into the pockets of container collectors.

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Recycling and waste report highlights need for action on waste

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  [MEDIA] 5th March 2019

“In 2017-18, Queenslanders increased their recycling effort for household and business wastes by 580,000 tonnes, resulting in close to 5 million tonnes of materials being diverted from landfill.

“However, we still recycle only 45% of the waste we generate, which needs to change.

“That is why last year we introduced a ban on single-use lightweight plastic bags, along with a container refund scheme, Containers for Change.

“By working together we can create a more resourceful, less wasteful future that maximises the value of our resources and supports the development of sustainable new jobs and industries.”

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Queenslanders encouraged to rethink waste this Clean Up Australia Day

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  [NEWS] 3rd March 2019

As volunteers hit the streets, creeks and parks today for Clean Up Australia Day, Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch has encouraged Queenslanders to do their bit to reduce waste and end the scourge of litter.

“Clean Up Australia Day is a great reminder to Queenslanders that waste is everyone’s responsibility,” Ms Enoch said. “Last year, more than 140,000 Queenslanders participated in clean-up events across the state, collecting more than 3,500 ute loads of rubbish."

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Port Douglas Recycling collects up to 60,000 containers a week

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  [NEWS] 24th February 2019

Since its launch late last year, the Containers for Change scheme has continued to grow as Douglas Shire residents have embraced recycling.

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12-year-old making big bucks from recycling scheme

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  [NEWS] 7th February 2019

Dominic Law might look like your average 12-year-old boy, but what lies beneath the surface is one of the South Burnett's youngest entrepreneurs.

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Brisbane Catholic couple proves old bottles can make a difference

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  [NEWS] 2nd February 2019

Vulnerable children in Uganda are benefitting from Queenslanders’ discarded drink bottles and cans.
Money raised through recycling the bottles and cans is being directed to the children through a Brisbane Catholic couple’s charity Uganda Kids.

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Mum shares genius recycling plan

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  [NEWS] 2nd February 2019

Bellbird Park mum Martine Rees' home is so neat her friends convinced her to start a Facebook page dedicated to organisation. A walk through her home would reveal clean cupboards, folded laundry, and everything in its own place. But it’s her recycling system that will really catch your eye.

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Cairns girl collecting cans to raise money for NDIS-compliant first car

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  [NEWS] 29th January 2019

Jas Manning, 16, has a hefty task ahead of her, collecting cans to raise money for a disability-compliant first car. Jaz has started a side business recycling cans and bottles around Redlynch for 10 cents a pop via the Container Refund Scheme.

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A million reasons to back recycling plan

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  [NEWS] 13th January 2019

Biloela residents are looking to crack the one million mark of recycling approved containers at the end of January.

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Young recycling champion putting school holidays to good use

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  [NEWS] 13th January 2019

While many 10-year-old's are pestering their parents for something to do these school holidays, Taran Vallentine is tackling waste and feeding the hungry.

He's been collecting drink containers at the Currumbin Eco Village for months and so far he's raised more than $350.

The young boy has now decided to donate it to charity.

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Container refund scheme cracks the 100 million mark

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  [MEDIA] 4th January 2019

Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme is celebrating the New Year in style by cracking the 100 million returned containers mark.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said reaching this milestone in just two months showed just how popular the scheme is and what a big win it is for Queenslanders and the environment.

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Delivering big changes for Chinchilla

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  [NEWS] 8th January 2019

Operated by Dalby-based group, Western Downs Outreach Project Inc., Chinchilla's drop off point has rapidly grown to become Queensland's fourth largest collection point receiving between 20,000-30,000 containers every day.

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Recycling scheme creates new jobs

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  [NEWS] 5th December 2018

With such high demand, Mrs Reed said they had been able to recruit two new staff members. 

"It's fantastic when you see my storage area absolutely full with containers and having to get them to pick it up twice a week,” she said. 

"All of that would have gone into landfill.

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Mackay snaps up $75,000 from cash for cans

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  [NEWS] 5th December 2018

The crash of cans, stubbies and other containers landing in bins across Mackay has been deafening in the first month of the state's cash-for-cans scheme.
Mackay's Incredable Tip Shop is no stranger to large crowds, but since Containers for Change was introduced, people have streamed in with 10,000 containers per day.

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Queenslanders recycle 50M containers in four weeks

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  [NEWS] 3rd December 2018

More than 50 million drink containers have been returned during the first month of Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change, with almost $5 million in refunds being refunded.

Within the first four weeks, more than 60,000 Queenslanders have signed up to receive the 10-cent refund, alongside the creation of more than 500 jobs to support the scheme across the state.

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Containers for Change a hit with Queenslanders

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  [MEDIA] 1st December 2018

Queenslanders have voted with their containers, overwhelmingly saying the Container Refund Scheme has been a smash hit.

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said almost 50 million drink containers have been returned in the first month of the scheme.

“This means that in its first month alone, almost $5 million has gone back into Queenslanders’ pockets as well as to our charities, schools, community groups and sporting clubs,” Ms Enoch said.

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Empty bottles funding vet work for rescue pups

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  [NEWS] 21st November 2018

Patrons at the Maraboon Tavern have a new reason to cheer with the venue helping rescue animals through the Containers for Change scheme.

Tavern staff began collecting empty cans and bottles for CQ Pet Rescue last week and have already filled six wheelie bins.

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Residents putting lid on plastic waste and earning change

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  [NEWS] 21st November 2018

Residents in the Lockyer Valley and Somerset have submitted close to 100,000 containers in the first fortnight of Queensland's container refund scheme.

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17 million containers returned in Containers for Change

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  [MEDIA] 17th November 2018

“At the two week mark on Thursday, our figures were almost three times higher than what NSW recorded when their scheme first started. In the first two weeks of the NSW scheme, about 5 million containers were returned, and we had about 15 million on that day.

“Queensland is continuing to show up our rivals south of the border.”

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10 million containers returned through Containers for Change

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  [NEWS] 12th November 2018

Queensland is turning the tide on recycling, with figures revealing more than 10 million containers have now been returned through Containers for Change.

In marking National Recycling Week today, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said Queenslanders were embracing recycling through the container refund scheme.

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10 million containers returned through Containers for Change

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  [MEDIA] 12th November 2018

“With more than 10 million containers being recycled, this means more than $1 million has gone back to Queenslanders and charities.

“These results are astounding and goes to show that Queenslanders are embracing the incentive to get cash back for recycling containers.

“This is also just the beginning of the scheme, and these figures will continue to grow as more Queenslanders get on board.”

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Townsville Locals Cashing In Containers Like Crazy

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  [NEWS] 8th November 2018

“With more than 5 million containers returned, this means half a million dollars has gone back to Queenslanders or charities and community groups. “We’ve also seen some great recycling happening in regional areas. More than 780,000 containers have been returned in Wide Bay, and more than 770,000 in Townsville.

“As part of Containers for Change, Queenslanders are able to get 10 cents back for returning their bottles and cans, or donate the refund to a charity or community group.” Ms Enoch said Containers for Change was about recycling and reducing litter in the environment.

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Overwhelming response to Containers for Change

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  [MEDIA] 8th November 2018

Queensland’s new Container Refund Scheme has had an overwhelming response, with more than 5 million containers returned and recycled in the scheme’s first week, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said today.

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Sunshine Coast schools join forces to clean beaches ahead of turtle season

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  [NEWS] 7th November 2018

“It’s wonderful to see so many students taking part in this event and doing their best to protect our environment, and our turtles, and potentially taking advantage of the containers for change scheme to support their school as well.”

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Containers for Change drop off point now open

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  [NEWS] 6th November 2018

Western Downs Outreach Project has taken on the Chinchilla contract as a social enterprise. Their aim in Chinchilla is to help youth employment with staff at the depot all aged under 26. "We're trying to give opportunities to youth within the region,” manager Jason Vella said.

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10c container refunds begin in the Douglas Shire 

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  [NEWS] 6th November 2018

THE recently opened Douglas Shire’s Containers for Change refund point has had a very successful opening week as locals race in for their 10c refunds. 

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Wide Bay residents cashing-in on recycled containers

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  [NEWS] 6th November 2018

Wide Bay residents are taking advantage of getting 10 cents back for recycling their containers, with figures showing more 350,000 containers have been returned in the region since Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change, started last week.

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State schools to pilot new plastic recycle scheme

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  [NEWS] 2nd November 2018

Thirty (30) Queensland state schools will be part of a pilot project to explore the best ways for schools to participate in the recently launched Container Refund Scheme, Education Minister Grace Grace announced today...

“This is a fantastic scheme and one that I would love to see school communities from across the state get behind,” Ms Grace said.

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It’s time to cash in your containers

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  [MEDIA] 1st November 2018

Queensland, get your cans and bottles ready – Queensland’s container refund scheme, Containers for Change, is now here.

In launching the scheme, Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said today was a historic day for Queensland.

“Today marks a very important step forward for the people of Queensland, our environment, and our future,” she said.

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Vibrant sculpture sends message to Queensland, the litter capital of Australia

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  [NEWS] 21st October 2018

Mackay artist David Day hopes his vibrant fish sculpture made from 4000 beverage containers will shine a light on waste issues in Queensland, which has been deemed the litter capital of Australia.

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A fresh change ahead for used containers

Media

  [NEWS] 23rd August 2018

“The new brand of Containers for Change, announced today, reflects not only the 10-cents that people will receive when they return an eligible container, but also the benefits that the scheme will deliver for Queensland’s environment, communities and charities,” Ms Enoch said.

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Palaszczuk Government committed to a cleaner, greener Queensland

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  [NEWS] 5th June 2018

The Palaszczuk Government is demonstrating its commitment to tackling climate change, reducing plastic pollution and protecting the Great Barrier Reef in this year’s Queensland State Budget.

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Industry-backed extension will ensure Container Refund Scheme is right for Queensland

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  [NEWS] 14th February 2018

Extending the timeframe for the introduction of the state’s Container Refund Scheme will ensure the scheme is right for Queensland, Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said today.

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