TOMRA opens state-of-the-art recycling centres as Queensland Containers for Change scheme launches
Queensland, Australia - From today, Queensland residents will be able to claim 10c per eligible container returned at TOMRA’s 10 modern recycling centres launched as part of the Queensland Containers for Change scheme.
The initiative will see consumers receive a 10-cent refund for all eligible bottles and cans redeemed, via retail cash vouchers, a digital refund via Paypal or donated to a local or state charity. Containers can be returned using the centre’s reverse vending machines or a ‘drop-and-go’ bag-drop service. Plus, businesses and community groups with large numbers of containers to process will also have access to TOMRA’s high-volume bulk-sorting and counting equipment.
The TOMRA recycling centres are the first of their kind in Australia and form part of a state-wide effort to increase recycling rates and reduce drink container litter by consumers to return their empty beverage containers.
As one of the major refund collection points for the scheme, TOMRA is looking to build on its success with the NSW Return and Earn scheme, where more than 800 million containers have been returned since it launched on December 1, 2017.
TOMRA’s National Director of Automated Depots, Laurie Minto, says the centres will give people the ability to recycle in the cleanest and most resource-efficient way possible.
“We’re excited to bring our experience and success from the NSW Return and Earn scheme to the Containers for Change scheme and to give Queensland recyclers access to the most effective and efficient recycling systems.
“Our state-of-the-art centres help facilitate ‘clean-loop’ bottle-to-bottle recycling, which means used containers are able to be recycled back into new containers rather than downcycled into other products that then end up in landfill. This circular method of recycling drastically cuts down on the amount of new plastic being created.”
Those returning containers will also have the option to donate their refunds to local and state-wide charities and community groups in need. Drought relief charity Buy a Bale will be TOMRA’s inaugural major donation partner, providing timely assistance for our struggling farmers.