Welcome to Container Exchange

The Queensland Government has committed to introduce a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) from 1 July 2018 to play a major role in reducing beverage container litter across the State.

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill was passed with bipartisan support by Parliament in September 2017. It allows the Government to appoint a Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO) to establish and operate the CRS.

On 24 November 2017 the Government appointed Container Exchange (CoEx) as the PRO.

First Steps After Appointment

One of CoEx’s first steps after appointment is to work with local businesses and community groups across Queensland to establish a network of Refund Points to service consumers. Refund Points are where people can return empty eligible beverage containers for a refund of 10 cents per container, which are then collected for recycling.

CoEx is engaging with businesses and community organisations and seeking expressions of interest in becoming a Refund Point or a Logistics or Processing Provider.

CoEx is also working with the Queensland beverage industry that is made up of many organisations including small players and large manufacturers.

Container Exchange (CoEx)

Container Exchange (CoEx) was founded to apply for the role of the Product Responsibility Organisation under the Queensland Container Refund Scheme.

CoEx is a not-for-profit entity that is solely focused on achieving the aims of the CRS – reducing beverage container litter and fostering job opportunities in recycling by working closely with local businesses, social enterprises and community groups.

Now that CoEx has been appointed one of the next steps for the new Government in Queensland will be to appoint an Independent Chair and three independent directors onto a CoEx Board to govern CoEx’s operations and performance.

To demonstrate the beverage industry’s commitment to the Container Refund Scheme’s objectives, representatives from the beverage industry will also be appointed to CoEx Board.

To assist in getting CoEx up and running, Coca-Cola Amatil and Lion have come together as founding members to fund the mobilisation costs of CoEx.

Further information can be found on the following websites:

Queensland Government’s Container Refund Scheme

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Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Fact Sheet:

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