Container refund points

Over 2,047,297,642 containers returned to date*

A recycling scheme to keep Queensland beautiful

As a state, we’re great at many things. However, when it comes to recycling, Queensland can do a lot better. In fact, we have one of the lowest recycling rates in Australia, at around 44%. 

Each year, approximately three billion beverage containers are generated in our state alone and are the second most littered item.

So to help us all improve our recycling efforts and keep our beautiful environment litter-free, Containers for Change scheme lets people get a 10 cent refund for each eligible container returned to a refund point. Find out more and sign up now...

*Container volume as at 2 August 2020.

    Start making change today

    Begin by collecting eligible containers

    See what you can and cannot return

    Sign-up for your scheme account

    The convenient way to receive your refunds

    Raise money for your school, group or charity

    Tips and information for setting up a recycling program

    Register as a container refund point

    Are you interested in operating a container refund point?

    Download the Containers for Change QLD app


    The app is packed with special features, including:

    Scheme ID

    Scheme ID

    Easily find your scheme ID stored in the app. The scheme ID barcode and QR code can be scanned at container refund points that have a scanner.

    Transaction History

    Transaction history

    View your transaction history plus your total refunds in the app, just make sure you use your scheme ID when you return your containers.

    Map Functionality

    Map functionality

    Search for your nearest container refund point and follow the directions to get there; how easy!


    Eligibility scanner

    Built into the app is an eligibility scanner; if ever you are uncertain if a container is eligible or not, simply scan the barcode to see if it is.



    It's our easy-to-use interactive educational tool that shows the value of your containers based on your weekly consumption habits and what products the material can be recycled into.


    Recycle Race

    It's our free, fun game. Players sort in/eligible containers into the correct bin and each time a container is sorted correctly, a player gets a virtual 10 cents. Play to see how you score.

    Download the Containers for Change QLD app on Google Play and the App Store. Download here:

    1. Google play
    2. Apple
    Scheme Id barcode

    Forgot your scheme ID?

    Get your scheme ID sent to your email address. You will also receive a scheme ID barcode, which you can save to Apple Wallet or download WalletPasses for Android users.

    Find Scheme ID

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