CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE: South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell, CEO Mark Pitt and Rob Fitz-Herbert from Tafe Queensland, South West region.
CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE: South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell, CEO Mark Pitt and Rob Fitz-Herbert from Tafe Queensland, South West region. Matt Collins

Rewards for recycling

SOUTH Burnett residents are anticipating the launch of the Containers for Change recycling program to help the environment and make some extra cash in the process.

From November 1 2018, Queenslanders can drop off their used plastic bottles in exchange for a ten cent refund thanks to the container refund scheme.

South Burnett Regional Council's portfolio representative for waste management, Councillor Roz Frohloff said this was great news for the region.

"Hopefully people will get onboard,” she said.

So far, South Burnett has two locations confirmed in Kingaroy and Cherbourg.

Spokeswoman at Containers for Change advised the addresses will be announced closer to the commencement date.

"We would love to have other locations, I think we will see how these go first,” Cr Frohloff said.

The ten cent refund payment can be retained by the individual or some people may prefer to donate their drink container to a community group, sports club or another organisation so they can collect the payment.

The costs of operating the scheme and recovering the containers for recycling will be paid for by drink manufacturers.

The containers for change website claims Queenslanders use around three billion drink containers each year and this program will go a long way to reducing the waste.

For a lot of rural residents this will be their first opportunity to get involved in plastic recycling.

Cr Frohloff said this was a great way to reduce the plastics in the region and it gave people an incentive to make some extra cash.

"I can see young kids getting behind this and making some extra pocket money,” she said.

"They will be richer than me.”

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