As you may be aware, the Queensland government is establishing a Container Refund Scheme beginning 1 November 2018 in which eligible drink containers can be returned for a 10c refund.
Participation in the CRS at a Qld state school is being negotiated with the Department of Education. While it is not compulsory for State school P&Cs to participate with the CRS through P&Cs Qld donation network, state schools are located on departmental sites, and must be approved through the Department to ensure child safety and site requirements are met.
- P&Cs Qld will use a small proportion of the 10c refund to ensure that collection systems and educational programs are designed to meet Department of Education standards. We will produce marketing materials for P&Cs, principals and school communities to help them maximise the effectiveness of each school’s recycling program.
- P&Cs Qld is investigating a donation network to benefit ALL state schools regardless of their location. Participation in P&Cs Qld donation network ensures that ‘every child has every chance’ of learning success.
To find out more information about the CRS, please consider attending one of the Boomerang Alliance workshops (please see the flyer below) or send us an email with the heading CRS: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Queensland Container Refund Scheme begins 1 NOVEMBER 2018.
P&Cs Qld is working with the Department of Education and other stakeholders to establish a clear process to help P&Cs and state schools benefit from the CRS program when it begins 1 NOVEMBER 2018.
As a local community group or P&C, the new Container Refund Scheme may provide new fund raising opportunities for you.
Under the scheme, eligible beverage containers will be worth 10c each. This may encourage community groups to organise the collection and return of containers within their communities to raise additional funds.
To help you prepare, Boomerang Alliance and Co-Ex will be conducting a series of evening forums across the state to answer your questions on:
- How does the Container Refund Scheme work?
- What is a Donation Point, and how does it operate?
- How can my community group participate in the scheme?
- Question and Answer session
Information will also be provided on the benefits of the CRS for P&Cs and state schools working with P&Cs Qld to register interest in the scheme.
Local forums are being held across the state. To register your attendance and for venue information, please follow THIS LINK to the Eventbrite page.
If you have any questions regarding these information sessions, please email Kellie at email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: The Container Refund Scheme now begins 1 NOVEMBER 2018
Plastic bag ban
From 1 July 2018, single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags—like the ones you get with groceries and takeaways—are done.
Littered plastic shopping bags often end up in waterways where marine wildlife such as sea turtles and sea birds can swallow, or become entangled in, them.
The impacts of plastic pollution on our environment and marine life are a very real concern, and banning plastic shopping bags (including compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastic shopping bags) will help to reduce the total amount of plastic in the environment.