The Queensland Minister for Education, Hon. Grace Grace MP launched P&Cs Qld Container Refund Scheme (CRS) pilot program on November 2, officially congratulating the 31 Queensland state schools that will start collecting containers on-site for cash.

The P&Cs Qld CRS pilot program will see waste collection points located on school grounds. The P&Cs initiative has been funded by the Department of Education and will test the viability of the scheme as a long-term, sustainable fundraising and environmental education activity for all Queensland schools.

The statewide recycling scheme, ‘Containers for Change,’ aims to improve Queensland’s poor recycling rates by giving people an incentive to collect and return eligible drink containers for recycling, in exchange for a refund payment of 10 cents per item.

By embracing the CRS, state school P&Cs could be in for a windfall of thousands of dollars allowing them to direct the extra revenue towards much needed resources. It’s estimated that if just 360 students returned 10 containers per week for the school year, it would raise an extra $10,000 for the campus.

President of P&Cs Qld, Ms Gayle Walters said “The CRS presents a golden opportunity for P&Cs to significantly boost their fundraising efforts and reinforce students’ contribution to a healthy, sustainable environment.

“There is, however, a lot to weigh up in terms of administration, collection procedures, economic viability and health and safety issues creating the need for this pilot program.

“Today we’re also launching a dedicated website to assist state schools with the mechanics of the scheme and to encourage them to have fun while learning about sustainability.”

P&Cs Qld will partner with several Refund Point Operators who will collect the waste from school grounds during the pilot program.

Feedback from the pilot program will be assessed by P&Cs Qld to determine how the CRS can work smoothly, safely and increase school P&Cs profits.

It is anticipated most of Queensland’s 1240 state schools will eventually register for the CRS assisted by the insights gained during the pilot program.

The 30 schools who will become on-site collection points from today are:
Schools partnered with Return_It:

Balaclava State School
White Rock State School
Yorkeys Knob State School
Currajong State School
Pimlico State High School
Townsville Central State School
Townsville Community Learning Centre
Townsville South State School

Weir State School
Woodstock State School
Harristown State High School
Highfields State School
Brisbane Southside
Chatswood Hills State School
Kimberley Park State School
Loganholme State School
Mansfield State High School
Mansfield State School
Rochedale South State School
Robertson State School
Schools partnered with Envirobank:
Brisbane Northside
Albany Creek State School
Aspley Special School
Aviation High School
Earnshaw State College
Eatons Hill State School
Mitchelton Special School
Nundah State School
Wooloowin State School
Sunshine Coast
Mountain Creek State High School
Sunshine Beach State High School
Gold Coast
Bellevue Park State School
Coombabah State School