Rotary Club of Kenmore and OLR Open a Containers for Change Bag Drop Facility

Residents looking for more ways to manage containers waste will be pleased to know that a new  Containers for Change bag drop facility has opened at St Catherine’s in Moggill Road, adjacent to the Moggill Village Shopping Centre.



The Rotary Club of Kenmore has partnered with the Our Lady of Rosary Parish Kenmore-Moggill to install this facility for individuals or community groups with a Containers for Change scheme ID to drop items that can be recycled or reused as other products in exchange for cash.  

Bag drops will also enable Kenmore Rotary and OLR to earn credits that can help fund their causes, activities, and community projects. If you wish to donate your credits, insert the Kenmore Rotary scheme ID C10003721 when you bag, tag, and drop your items. Proceeds of your donation will be shared between Kenmore Rotary and OLR.

Photo Credit: Rotary Club of Kenmore/Facebook

Containers for Change collects most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L in size. Deposited items are eligible for a 10-cent refund. However, some items are excluded in the scheme, such as:

  • Plain milk containers of all sizes including plant-based milk substitutes
  • Glass containers that contained wine or pure spirits
  • Containers 1L or more that contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Concentrated/undiluted cordial or syrup containers
  • Sachets above 250ml that have contained wine
  • Registered health tonics

Since Containers for Change launched in Queensland in 2018, over 3,609,597,748 containers have been returned and recycled at the depot. In December 2020, the initiative raked an astounding volume of collection in the region at six million containers per day. 



The non-profit aims to increase its beverage container recycling recovery rates by 85 percent in 2022. As of 2020, its recovery rate is at 78.8 percent.

Kenmore Container Deposit Site Backs Out

The government’s Container Refund Scheme (CRS) has been encouraging Brisbane residents to recycle in exchange for money. However, residents from the west side would need to find an alternative as the planned Kenmore container deposit site did not materialise.

To stop residents from the west side having to drive a little farther, Kenmore Rotary has stepped in with local partners to organise collection points in the Kenmore area.

Kenmore Rotary has established collection points at two locations:

  • Ewaste Connection, 98 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore Hills
  • Pullenvale Marketplace, 8 McCaskill Rd, Pullenvale

By leaving your containers at those two drop-off points, all funds raised will go to good causes as Kenmore Rotary members donate their time to raise money for worthy causes.

Before the CRS started in November 2018, Kenmore was one of the suburbs where a container deposit facility was planned. Unfortunately, the charity behind the initially proposed site did not push through with their plans when the refund initiative started. This means that the nearest container refund points are the Envirobank site at Jindalee Home Centre and Re.Turn-it site at Salvos, Sherwood.

Container Exchange, the organisation responsible for developing and running the container refund scheme in Queensland, and its operator Return-It are still looking for other solutions to cater to residents from Kenmore. They are hopeful that more deposit sites will be available once more operators get onboard.

 



Container Refund Scheme


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CRS is one of the government’s programs that promote the recycling rate in Queensland whilst reducing the amount of drink containers that are littered everywhere.

Queensland calls its container refund scheme as Containers for Change. This program provides people with an incentive to collect and return eligible containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment.

Eligible containers for the container refund scheme. Photo credit: www.qld.gov.au

Eligible containers include most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L. Containers that are NOT eligible for a refund include the following:

  • 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.

Take note that all containers smaller than 150mL and bigger than 3L will not be eligible for a refund.

Non-eligible containers. Photo credit: www.qld.gov.au

Read more about the container refund scheme through the Containers for Change website.