MAKING CHANGE: The new depot has had a busy start in Kingaroy.
MAKING CHANGE: The new depot has had a busy start in Kingaroy. Matt Collins

'Something to be proud of': 379,000 containers refunded

MORE than 379,000 containers have been returned to Kingaroy's new Containers for Change depot in less than two weeks.

This equates to a collective refund value of $37,000 since the depot opened on Kingaroy St on October 1.

The Kingaroy site is operated by the Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council and Economic and Community Development manager Sean Nicholson said it was a natural extension of the council's involvement in the scheme.

"Our container refund point in Cherbourg has been successful and when the opportunity came up in Kingaroy we were very keen to extend our service to this community as well,” Mr Nicholson said.

"The response was very positive and we have remained busy since opening.”

The depot is also making a positive impact on the Cherbourg community.

"We have been able to employ seven indigenous staff at the depot who were previously under-employed or unemployed, which is great to see and something to be proud of,” Mr Nicholson said.

"We have also already looked at ways to support the community, including at a recent Relay For Life event where we provided bins to collect containers with the refunds, then donated to Relay For Life.”

Container Exchange is the company responsible for implementing and managing the scheme, and CEO Ken Noye said the response from the Kingaroy community had been outstanding.

"Containers for Change was introduced in Queensland less than a year ago and we have seen a really positive uptake across the state, with more than 946 million containers returned thus far,” Mr Noye said.

At the new over-the-counter depot, customers can receive refunds for eligible containers via EFT if they have registered for a scheme ID on the Containers for Change website.

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