Containers for Change aims to increase recycling rates and reduce litter by allowing Queenslanders to exchange eligible drink containers for a 10-cent refund.
The Scheme was introduced in late 2018 in a bi-partisan effort to tackle high levels of beverage container litter and low recycling rates. At the time beverage containers were Queensland’s second most-littered item after cigarette butts.
COEX is a not-for-profit that operates via a product responsibility and stewardship model. An extended producer responsibility model sees accountability for recycling placed on the producers of products.
As the Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO) behind Containers for Change, COEX is responsible for implementing logistics and ensuring the Scheme fulfils its responsibilities.
The organisation drives the Scheme objectives of reducing beverage container litter, increasing recycling efforts and working to provide benefits to social enterprises and community groups.
Another key focus for COEX is increasing participation within Queensland’s circular economy.
Strategic partnerships with Enviro Sand and the Department of Transport Main Roads have delivered compelling examples of recycling’s circular economy at work.
A Direct Sales Agreement with Enviro Sand has facilitated the conversion of Scheme glass into sand substitute products with a range of practical applications in pool filters, sand blasting and building materials such as kitchen benches.
More than 200 tons of local crushed Scheme glass was used in the construction of a 1.2 kilometre road upgrade in North Queensland as a result of a partnership with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland Government
We’re working to grow new and emerging priority industries such as resource recovery, biofuels, bioenergy, bioplastics and hydrogen to create a strong and resilient Queensland economy that supports thriving regions and jobs for all, now and into the future.
Each of these sectors is supported with a strategy or 10-year roadmap and action plan, that helps to:
- support innovation
- facilitate private sector investment
- ensure an effective policy framework
- drive industry development initiatives
- build community awareness and confidence
- identify and facilitate skills development requirements.
The Queensland Government is supporting many of the state’s success stories including:
- Envorinex Pty Ltd, Toowoomba, receiving $1.3 million to establish a waste plastic recovery, processing and remanufacturing operation to process rigid plastics from agriculture, aquaculture and horticulture industries, through the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program.
- Gevo Pty Ltd, working with QUT to turn Queensland sugar cane waste and wood into sustainable jet fuel, supported by $159,000 grant from the Waste to Biofutures Fund.
- BOC, are creating end-to-end renewable hydrogen at its Bulwer Island Facility in Brisbane, supplying to industrial customers and the first hydrogen vehicle refuelling station in Queensland, supported through the Hydrogen Industry Development Program.
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