Australia’s Queensland Government has opened a new Containers for Change refund full-service centre in Windsor, Brisbane.

Customers can drop off their containers in the new full-service, drive-through depot in Windsor and receive ten cents per container.

The refund point will also have a bag drop service for customers who are unable to wait.

According to the state government, the refund point will add six local jobs to the more than 900 jobs the scheme has already supported since its introduction in 2018.

The scheme already has more than 360 refund points in operation across Queensland, with a record 1.23 billion containers returned this year alone.

The Containers for Change programme is managed by the Container Exchange.

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The opening comes just ahead of the scheme’s expansion, which will see refund points accepting glass wine and pure spirit bottles from 1 November 2023.

Queensland environment minister Leanne Linard: “Our decision to include glass wine and pure spirit bottles followed an extensive consultation period, during which more than 6,600 Queenslanders shared their thoughts about including additional containers in the refund programme.

“98.1% of participants were in favour of more containers being made eligible for refunds through the programme.

“The Department of Environment and Science and Container Exchange have been actively engaging with wine manufacturers to help them prepare for the expansion. In recent weeks, I have also met with representatives from peak bodies representing wine and spirit producers and I thank them for their cooperation in implementing this important initiative.”