There are questions over the start of a cash for container scheme.
There are questions over the start of a cash for container scheme.

Fears of delays for recycling scheme

THE operator of Queensland's cash-for-containers scheme has brushed aside concerns over whether there will be a shortage of collection sites by November 1.

A number of waste lobby groups have written to Environment Minister Leanne Enoch expressing "grave concerns" about a number of ­issues which they claim could jeopardise a smooth start to the scheme.

However, non-for-profit group Container Exchange (CoEx) - which has been appointed to run the scheme - assured residents they were on track to reach the 230 sites required by November 1.

CoEx acting chairman Alby Taylor said there were several things out of their control, such as the weather, which could keep some sites from opening on time.

"We are using our best endeavours to ensure this scheme is up and running by the start date," Mr Taylor said.

"By day one, there might be sites that are open and sites that don't but that's because there are things out of our control like the weather and construction."

It is understood some collection sites were also waiting on approvals from local councils to allow them be installed in time.

Australian Council of Recycling chief executive Peter Shmigel this week wrote to Ms Enoch, expressing his concerns over the Container Refund Scheme.

"I (have) grave concerns that the scheme's delivery to the Queensland community is at major risk," he said.

The Queensland Government is hoping the scheme will tackle litter and plastic pollution and improve recycling across the state.

Queenslanders will be able to return an eligible drink container to an approved refund point and receive 10¢, similar to the schemes already in place in South Australia and the Northern Territory.