COEX aims to increase beverage container recycling recovery rates from 44% to 85% by 2022.
Queensland is the 5th Australian state or territory to adopt a container refund scheme, following the lead of South Australia, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
South Australia has had a container refund scheme in place since 1977, with 76.9% of the containers used there in 2017-18 recovered for recycling. Containers make up less than 3% of all litter in South Australia; a fraction of the 44% of litter found in Queensland before the launch of the Containers for Change scheme.
Before the scheme’s commencement, kerbside recycling was offered by only 31 of Queensland’s 77 council areas. Containers previously had a greater chance of ending up in landfill or litter, than of being recycled. The introduction of the Containers for Change scheme will give around 45 local government areas access to recycling for the first time.