Containers for Change success in Greenslopes
Member for Greenslopes Joe Kelly has praised Queenslanders for getting on board with recycling, with figures showing more than 900 million containers have now been returned through the successful container refund scheme, Containers for Change.
Mr Kelly said he recently asked the Minister for Environment, Leeanne Enoch, for an update on how the scheme was progressing.
“She has informed me that since the scheme started less than a year ago, more than 920 million containers have been returned,” Mr Kelly said
“This means more than $90 million has been refunded to individuals and families, charities and community organisations across our state.
“In Greenslopes alone more than 564,000 containers have been returned this year alone, that’s more than $56,400 refunded back to our community.”
Envirobank founder and managing director, Narelle Anderson, said the company’s Mount Gravatt location opened in February and had already collected 564,176 containers.
“That’s a great result. That the people of Mount Gravatt and their neighbours have been so quick to embrace container recycling suggests they see value in doing good for the environment and being rewarded for it, just as we do,” she said.
Mr Kelly said it’s clear Queenslanders are embracing this scheme and that there are now more than 200,000 people registered to receive electronic refunds under the scheme.
“We have also seen small businesses right across the state embracing the economic and job opportunities.
“Since the scheme stared more than 600 jobs have been created across the state,” Mr Kelly said.
“It’s fantastic to see a scheme that is not only keeping our beautiful state litter free, but also creating much needed jobs.”
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said many of these jobs have been created in regional areas and have created opportunities for people who have been long-term unemployed.
“This scheme has created great opportunities for regional economies across Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.
“It has also helping protect our environment, so far we have seen a 35% reduction of containers ending up as litter thanks to the scheme.”
For more information on the scheme, and to find your nearest refund point, visit: https://www.containersforchange.com.au/