QLD Container Refund Scheme QLD Container Refund Scheme

Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme began on November 1, 2018.

The introduction of the state-wide container refund scheme will give people an incentive to collect and return containers for recycling, in exchange for a 10 cent refund payment.

Queenslanders use close to 3 billion beverage containers every year. These containers are the one of the most littered items in the state, despite the fact they can be easily recycled. Beverage container litter is largely associated with drink consumption and is littering our parks, beaches, retail areas and car parks.’

‘The scheme will deter littering and encourage people to recycle their eligible containers. In addition to that local school, sporting and community groups will have the opportunity to use the scheme to benefit their fundraising efforts.

All containers that are smaller than 150mL and bigger than 3L will not be eligible for a refund.

To learn more about Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme, please visit the Containers for Change website at www.containersforchange.com.au


Containers can be taken to Mount Isa Waste Management Facility, Jessop Drive.

  • Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 4.00pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, public holidays - 7.30am to 4.00pm (closed Christmas Day and New Years Day)


Anyone can collect containers and drop them off for a refund. 

The easiest way to donate and collect funds is to sign up for a free account, it's the easy way to receive your refund, via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) into your bank account.


There are a number of accepted items and a number of non accepted items within the scheme:

Need more information?

Give us a call at Council on 47473200, or visit the Containers for Change website