Container Refund Scheme

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Container for Refund Scheme

Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme began on November 1, 2018.

The statewide container refund scheme gives people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10-cent refund payment. Most aluminum, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for refund.

Queenslanders use close to three billion beverage containers every year. These containers are the one of the most littered items in the state, spoiling our parks, beaches and waterways. The Container Refund Scheme will help reduce litter in our backyard by encouraging people to recycle their eligible containers. In addition, local schools, sporting and community groups will have the opportunity to use the scheme to benefit their fundraising efforts.

Where to drop off containers?

MAMS Group depot Innisfail
7 Dickson Rd, Innisfail

MAMS Group depot Tully
575 Andersen St, Tully

Full details are available on the MAMS Group website.

What is eligible for refund?

As part of the scheme, you can receive a refund for most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L.

What is not eligible for refund?

No containers that are smaller than 150mL and bigger than 3L will be eligible for a refund along with a number of drink containers. These include:

  • plain milk containers
  • glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • large containers (1L or more) which have contained flavoured milk, pure juice, cask wine or cask water
  • cordial or vegetable juice containers
  • sachets above 250ml which have contained wine
  • registered health tonics


Factsheet QLD State Gov Eligible containers and non-eligible containers

Helpful Links

MAMS Group website
Container for Change website

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