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Container Refund Scheme

Kanga Bins, along with the Queensland Government have introduced a Container Refund Scheme to reduce the amount of beverage container litter that enters our environment. This is done by providing an incentive for people to collect and return eligible containers for recycling in exchange for a refund.

Our summer roster has ended – Our autumn roster has begun!
As the seasons change, so will our roster. Our open times as of March 1st 2020 will be:

  • PARKHURST – Kanga Bins Depot, 334 Leichhardt Street
    MON – FRI: 9:30am – 4:30pm  |  SAT: 9am – 1pm
  • YEPPEN – 7 Capricorn Highway, at the Yeppen Roundabout
    MON – FRI: 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • EMU PARK – Behind Caltex Servo Station, 38 Pattison Street
    TUES & WED: 11am – 4pm
  • YEPPOON – Old Indoor Cricket Shed, Shed 1, 4-6 Mcbean Street
    MON – FRI: 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • MOURA – KRT Automotive, 21 Okano Street
    MON – THURS: 10am – 12pm and 12:45pm – 2pm
  • CAPELLA – Peak Downs Mechanical, 5 Hibernia Road
    FRI: 10am – 4:30pm  |  SAT: 9am – 1pm
  • SPRINGSURE – Rita’s Property, 53 Gap Road
    MON – FRI: 8am – 9am  |  SAT: 10am – 2pm
  • BLACKWATER – 12 Littlefield Street
    MON, FRI & SAT (Bag drop only): 8am – 1pm, TUE, WED & THURS: 11am – 4pm
  • GLADSTONE – Gladstone Central (next door to blue & white taxis), 29 Chapple Street
    MON – FRI: 9:30am – 4:30pm  |  SAT: 9am – 1pm

We have been approved as a collection point which means that for the full 10c refund, the eligible containers need to be brought to one of our depots. All of the areas mentioned will have a depot or bag drop where the containers can be brought to us.


When does the Scheme start?

The Scheme will begin on the 1st of November 2018. From this date any eligible beverage containers can be returned to a Kanga Bins Container Refund Point in exchange for a 10 cent refund.


How does the Scheme work?

  • Members of the public will be able to exchange eligible empty containers at a Kanga Bins Container Refund Point for a 10 cent refund.
  • Containers can be returned by individuals, organisations and businesses.
  • Any number of containers can be returned at one time. Exchanges that amount to under $50 can be exchanged on the day for a cash ‘on the spot’ refund. Transactions over $50 will be processed via bank credit. Kanga Bins Container Refund are encouraging accounts to be set up as it will make for a faster exchange.
  • If the refund is under $50 worth and if you are happy to wait, we can give you cash on the day. If it is over $50 however, we will need an account set up. You can do this by going to: containersforchange.com.au and at the top right hand side here is a sign up button. We are encouraging accounts to be set up in order to make for a speedier process. It basically means that instead of having to wait in line for us to count the containers, we can register your bag drop with your Scheme ID and the account holders name, then later under video surveillance, we can count the containers and have your bank account credited.
  • Refund UNLIMITED containers at our Parkhurst, Gladstone and Yeppoon sites.
  • Refund up to 500 containers per person, per day at our Blackwater, Moura, Yeppen, Emu Park, Capella and Springsure sites


What containers are eligible for a refund?

A thorough list of eligible containers can be found here >

So why are some beverage containers not eligible for a refund? The container refund scheme aims to reduce the amount of beverage container litter in the environment. The containers that are eligible for a refund are those that are most commonly consumed away from home and make up the majority of container litter in the environment. For example, excluded containers that have held plain milk or wine are commonly consumed in the home, and can still be recycled either through existing kerbside collection or drop-off services. If you are unsure if it is eligible still bring it down and we will let you know.


What condition do my containers have to be in to be eligible?

Containers must be empty. You don’t necessarily have to rinse each container but it will help you store them cleanly before returning them. Caps should also be removed from bottles.
Strong preference is for containers not to be crushed. These can then be returned to a Kanga Bins Container Refund Point, providing that they can be recognised as being an eligible container. In order to help guarantee recognition, it may be beneficial to refrain from crushing the containers. For safety reasons, glass bottles need to be whole and intact.


Do I have to sort my containers before taking them to a Kanga Bins Container Refund Point?

There is no obligation for you to sort containers before taking them to a Kanga Bins Container Refund Point although there may be some time-saving benefits if you do. Sorting and counting your containers into the various material types such as the different plastics, glass, aluminium and cartons and making a written note of the number of each container type may save time.


How do I transport and store my containers?

Eligible containers can be brought to a Kanga Bins Container Refund depot in bags, boxes, utes, almost any reasonable method. Bulk-a-bags available for a $5 deposit for select businesses.


Do I need to remove lids from containers before taking them to the Kanga Bins Container Refund Point?

Lids should be removed from beverage containers before taking them to a Kanga Bins Container Refund Point. Plastic tops are usually made from a different plastic than the bottle and are labelled as a contaminant. Separating the plastics reduces the level of ‘contamination’ which makes for better recycling outcomes. Removing the lids will help with the crushing of containers at processing facilities Leaving lids on containers can cause problems with transport and storage.

How many eligible container material types are there?

There are seven main categories of eligible container materials. These are:

  • Glass
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paper board
  • Other plastics.

Visit the Containers for Change website: www.containersforchange.com.au