The recycling revolution first reached Australia in the 1980s with the arrival of kerbside recycling.

Three decades later the way we recycle has evolved, with billions of containers being recycled through Queensland’s container refund scheme, Container for Change. Whether you’re an experienced recycler or new to the game, you’re sure to find inspiration in the below recycling hacks.


Stockpile in style

Banking your containers and returning them in bulk saves time with fewer trips to your local container refund point. Simply wait until you’ve got a boot full - or a ute full - to do you next return.

For ideas on storing your container collection in style head to Pinterest. You’ll discover a range of clever storage solutions covering everything from sleek stackable containers to rustic home-made storage palettes.

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Large Storage Crate with Lip

Banish container confusion

Not sure if a container is eligible for a refund? Avoid container confusion by downloading the Containers for Change QLD app. Our in-app eligibility scanner is the quickest and easiest way to confirm if your container qualifies for a refund. Simply scan the barcode to confirm a container’s eligibility - anywhere, any time. You can also locate your nearest container refund point at the click of a button.

Don’t have a smartphone? Visit our website to check your container’s eligibility by entering the product’s barcode.


Choose to re-use

Wondering what to do with ineligible containers? Sure, you can pop them in your kerbside recycling bin but why not think outside the box and turn your trash into an item to treasure.

Use bottle caps to create a DIY paint palette

Turn bottle caps into a work of art in their own right

Create a hanging herb garden from old milk bottles

Create a self-watering pot with an old wine bottle

Turn old milk bottles into handy craft containers

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Recycling Hacks