Southern Moreton Bay Islands receive Containers for Change sites but North Stradbroke still in works

RUSSELL and Macleay Island residents will be able to trade in used cans and bottles for cash when Containers for Change collection points open up on both islands later this month.

REFUND: Containers for Change will not be opening collection points on North Stradbroke Island at this stage. Pop ups have been in operation on the mainland since the state-wide roll out last year.

REFUND: Containers for Change will not be opening collection points on North Stradbroke Island at this stage. Pop ups have been in operation on the mainland since the state-wide roll out last year.

It comes almost a year after the scheme was rolled out across the mainland at Capalaba, Victoria Point and Mount Cotton.

The Russell Island site will open on October 31 and operate on Thursdays and Fridays while the Macleay Island site will open on November 4 and operate Mondays and Wednesdays.

Despite campaigning from Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson, no collection points have been announced for North Stradbroke Island.

Mr Robinson raised the issue with Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch during Parliament on September 17, asking whether the islands had been overlooked.

Ms Enoch said Container Exchange, the not-for-profit organisation coordinating the scheme, did not receive a response from businesses on North Stradbroke Island during the open tender process before the state-wide roll-out last November.

She said only after a secondary call-out for expressions of interest on the islands did Container Exchange receive a response from North Stradbroke businesses.

BOTTLE DROPS: Containers for Change refund points in the Redlands. Photo: Containers for Change.

BOTTLE DROPS: Containers for Change refund points in the Redlands. Photo: Containers for Change.

Ms Enoch said Container Exchange would consider an interim arrangement while working on a permanent solution for Straddie.

"...More than 920 million containers (have been) returned so far, which is an incredible result in under a year of the scheme," she said.

Ms Enoch said 343 million of the total refunds had come from places like the Redlands, Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan.

"The scheme has also created economic and job opportunities across the state and it is clear more organisations are embracing this, as more refund points are being established," she said.

Container Exchange chief executive Ken Noye said the island sites were welcome addition to the scheme.

"These new sites will mean more Queenslanders will be able to access the scheme more easily, making change one container at a time," he said.

"I urge residents to visit the Containers for Change website to register for a scheme ID so they are ready to receive their refunds when the sites open."

Container Exchange have not confirmed where on the islands the sites will be located or what hours they will be open for bag drops.

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