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Zero Waste Whitsundays

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By Co-Founders Karen Jacobsen & Lucy Smith

Containers for Change is Changing!

Containers for Change Queensland have over 350 refund points across the state. In addition to soft drink, water and beer bottles and cans, from November 1, wine and spirit bottles can also be cashed in.

Why Should I Bother?

In one week alone earlier this year, 935,230 containers had been refunded in our area, which is a notable reduction of landfill. Imagine if we all did this?

‘Anything Environmental’, in the Whitsundays, handles Containers for Change and is a family run business, encompassing convenient locations in McIntosh Drive, Cannonvale, and Hinschen Street, Proserpine, open from Monday to Saturday.

Pilchers Recycling is in both Bowen (open Monday to Saturday) and Collinsville (open Friday and Saturday mornings).

With a plethora of bottle shops in our region, this comes as fantastic news for reducing waste.

Count the Cash

10 cents per bottle or can is not an insignificant amount, and we have seen young people and older alike add to their bottom line while helping to keep our area beautiful.

For your workplace, this initiative could go toward a coffee machine, your annual party or to a favoured charity.

Easy Storage

Rinsing bottles and cans, or at least ensuring there is no liquid remaining in them, is best practice. By keeping the box your beverages came in, you will have a built-in receptacle to store your bottles and cans. 

By picking up a can crusher, aluminium cans can be crushed to make storage easier until you are able to deposit.

Becoming a Member

Register, then write your member number on your bags/boxes when you drop them off, eliminating the need to wait for your containers to be processed. Bag it, tag it and drop it!

Refund for a Good Cause

If you would like this to be part of your community giving, choose a local group that could benefit from extra cash. A number of our favourites participate, including Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, Eco Barge and Whitsunday Fauna Rescue.

Contact Us

We have a new Zero Waste Whitsundays public FB page in addition to our private discussion group, so find us, follow us, and join the conversation @zerowastewhitsundays on FB and Insta.

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