REFUND RUBBISH: Councillor Geoff McMullen holding eligible containers for the scheme.
REFUND RUBBISH: Councillor Geoff McMullen holding eligible containers for the scheme. Maranoa Regional Council

Container Refund Scheme starts this week

THE commencement dates for the Container Refund Scheme in the Maranoa region have been announced.

The scheme will begin this Saturday, February 23 in Roma and Monday, February 25 in Mitchell.

To participate in the scheme, members of the community can exchange eligible empty containers for a 10 cent refund at drop-off points, or residents can donate the containers at donation points organised by local community groups, charities or not-for-profit organisations, who will then receive the 10 cent refund.

Container drop-off points and times:

Roma - Administration Office - 1 Cartwright Street Roma, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm (Maximum number of eligible containers is 100).

Roma - Roma Refuse Site - 269 Short Street Roma, Wednesday to Friday 1.00pm to 4.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Mitchell - Administration Office - 100 Cambridge Street, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm (Maximum number of eligible containers is 100; for more than 100 containers, please make an appointment with the Mitchell Office at 1300 007 662).

Eligible containers:

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3,000ml (three litres) are eligible for a refund. Please have all container lids removed.

Excluded containers:

Containers for cordial, plain milk, wine and pure spirits are excluded from the scheme.

This includes containers filled with one litre or more of flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine, or cask water.

The initial scheme focus is on those beverages that are consumed out of the home.

Residents wanting to be involved in the scheme will need to register at https://containerexchange.com.au/

Once registered, participants will receive a registration number (Scheme Account ID).

This number will need to be displayed on each bag of containers when dropping off at any drop-off point.

Please note that you will not receive your refund at Maranoa's drop-off points.

Containers will be counted at a Commercial Bulk Sorting Depot and you will receive your refund via electronic funds transfer (EFT) transferred into your Scheme Account.