By November 1, community groups will have access to new source of revenue by cashing in old cans and bottles.
By November 1, community groups will have access to new source of revenue by cashing in old cans and bottles. Tweed Daily News

Recycling scheme will give cash to community groups

RECYCLING is not only great for the environment, it's about to give community groups and sporting clubs a new stream of funding.

The Queensland Government's container exchange program will start on November 1 it will create a new funding option for community groups like sports clubs, school P&Cs and show societies.

Groups will be able to collect recyclable bottles and cans and cash them in for a 10c refund.

CoEx spokesman Adam Nicholson said the program aimed to reduce litter, increase recycling and create value-adding opportunities for social enterprises.

"The Scouts in South Australia do a roaring trade off it,” Mr Nicholson said.

"There is definitely an opportunity for Queensland community groups to follow suit.”

Groups can register with CoEx, the container exchange body, to be an official beneficiary of cans and bottles donated within their community.

When a person or group drops recyclable containers at a collection point they have a choice to keep the refund themselves or donate it to a nominated community group.

Groups like show societies, schools and sport clubs already generate a lot of container waste and they'll be able to turned this waste into cash.

Alternatively, the non-for-profit groups can collect cans from within the community or strike up a deal with pubs and clubs to take their left over beer bottles.

About 240 refund points will be set up around Queensland.

Their locations will be roughly based on population with one site for each 10,000 residents.

Groups like Endeavour that currently collect and recycle aluminium cans are getting about 1/100th of cent for each can. When the CoEx scheme is up and running that will jump to 10cents each can.

The collection point hosts are paid by the government and there is a built in incentive for them reach out to community groups who can collect and store containers for bulk deliveries.

CoEx is hosting an information session at the Warwick RSL on September 6 from 5.30-7pm.

Any interested party is invited to come along and work out ways they can cash in on the scheme.

"It's a great time to come down and throw some questions at us,” Mr Nicholson said.

For more information about the program visit containerexchange.com.au or email kellie.lindsay@boomerangalliance.org.au.



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