Residents in the western suburbs now have additional access to claim refunds through the Containers for Change scheme.
New services in the area are catering for people who wish to have their containers collected from their home address, including a home collection service trial.
In addition, new bag drop Container Refund Points (CRPs) have been placed at three community clubs – including the Kenmore Centenary Rugby facility – which will give locals the opportunity to claim their refunds easily.
The Containers for Change scheme exchanges a 10 cent refund for every eligible beverage container returned to a registered CRP in Queensland. Already 3 billion containers, equalling $300 million in refunds, have been returned to residents, charities, community groups, businesses and councils since the scheme began in November 2018.
Ken Noye is the chief executive of Containers Exchange, the not for profit organisation that administers the Containers for Change scheme.
“The Container Collect trial in the western suburbs began earlier this month and allows residents in Kenmore, Kenmore Hills, Fig Tree Pocket and Chapel Hill to return eligible beverage containers and claim their refund from the comfort of their own home,” he said.
Mr Noye said customers in those suburbs only needed to register for a free unique Scheme ID on the Containers for Change website, and then book the collection at their home address through the scheme’s app.
“The containers will be collected from a designated spot on a set day, and the refund will flow into the nominated bank or Paypal account in the coming days,” he said.
“Customers can always choose to donate their refund to a local charity or community group – such as the Kenmore Bears Rugby Club – by applying that organisation’s Scheme ID to their collection.”
The Kenmore Bears are already receiving donations through the new bag drop pod located at their home base at 50 Hepworth St, Kenmore.
The bag drop allows residents to drop off their own containers and claim the refund using their own Scheme ID, or alternatively donate them to the club.
It mirrors similar arrangements that have been installed with CRPs at the Bardon Bowls Club and the Sherwood District Football club in Chelmer.
Local State Member for Moggill, Dr Christian Rowan MP, said the new services were a win for the western suburbs.
“The home Container Collect trial will provide additional access for the residents of suburbs like Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket, Kenmore and Kenmore Hills,” Dr Rowan said.
“Residents are able to register through the app to have their containers collected, then only have to leave them in an agreed place. The refund will then flow on to their bank account.
“The new bag drop CRP at the Kenmore Centenary Rugby Club will also provide an easy way for customers to claim their refunds while supporting a local community groups.
“Both new initiatives are making it easier for locals to ensure they are finding the cash they need in their containers while keeping the environment clear of beverage container litter.”