The Queensland government’s container refund scheme “Containers for Change” began on 1 November 2018. Eligible drink containers can now be returned for a 10c refund. P&Cs Qld has initiated a pilot program with support from the Department of Education. Thirty state schools are now trialling on-site collection. To find out more about the pilot program and how to register your P&C for Term 1, 2019 please visit our dedicated CRS website.



How can P&Cs participate in Containers for Change?

Register for a scheme ID

Individuals returning an eligible drink container to a refund point can choose to donate their 10c refund to a community group or charity of their choice. To make this choice, they will provide the community group or charity’s scheme ID number.

State school P&Cs that have registered their details to obtain a CRS scheme ID can give out this number to their school community and encourage people to choose the P&C whenever they return eligible drink containers.

How to register your P&C for a Scheme ID

Participating in the Qld CRS

Join the P&Cs Qld donation network

P&Cs Qld is establishing a donation network to benefit ALL state schools regardless of their location. Participation in the P&Cs Qld donation network ensures that ‘every child has every chance’ of learning success.

What does it cost to participate in the P&Cs Qld on-site collection scheme?

For each container collected, the P&C will receive 7 cents. P&Cs Qld will use 3c to:

  • ensure that CRS fundraising activities are covered by the P&C’s insurance policies
  • make this fundraising activity easy for P&Cs by providing marketing and promotional material specifically designed for state schools participating in the pilot program.
  • negotiate with multiple Refund Point Operators to ensure the best outcomes for all state schools participating in the scheme
  • fund an Environmental Officer to support participating state schools and ensure they receive a benefit from the CRS.

Once the volumes stabilise, the collection fee will reduce – especially if schools are collecting high volumes of containers.

P&Cs Qld is not using this scheme to raise funds – the goal is to cover our administrative costs and the Refund Point Operator Collection Fee.

P&Cs Container Refund Scheme FAQs

To find out more information about the P&Cs Qld donation network, please contact:

Rachael Williams
P&Cs Qld Project Officer – Environment
Phone 0411 195 944


Breaking news!

The Department of Environment and Science’s new $1 million ‘Container Refund Scheme Small Scale Infrastructure Grant Program is now available to community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

The objective of Round 1 of the grants program is to provide funding to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils for the purchase, fabrication and installation of small-scale container collection, sorting and storage infrastructure. This infrastructure will allow for the collection and storage of containers returned for refund.

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for up to $10,000 so they can participate in and benefit from the scheme. P&Cs are eligible to apply for this grant.

The grant will help establish necessary infrastructure such as container collection cages and bins, sorting bins, and CCTV for security.

Applications opened on Sunday, 21 October 2018, and close on Friday, 25 January 2019.

Click here for the media statement.

Click here for details about the new grant program and application process.