The QLD Container Deposit Scheme
At Woolworths, we work tirelessly to keep the price of your groceries down.
However, the introduction of the QLD Government Container Refund Scheme means that we have increased some beverage prices.
From 1st November 2018, you'll be able to earn a 10¢ refund for every eligible container that you return to an authorised QLD collection point.
For more information on the QLD Government Container Refund Scheme, please visit:
Containers for Change - https://www.containersforchange.com.au/qld
Frequently Asked Questions
Single use beverage containers make up the majority of all litter found in the environment. So the QLD Government is introducing the Container Refund Scheme to encourage the community to recycle their drink containers and keep them off our streets and out of our parks.
Most empty 150ml to 3-litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10¢ refund. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:
- Plastic (PET and HDPE)
- Liquid paperboard (Cartons)
Containers should be empty and in a reasonable condition.
Containers that can’t be deposited for a refund include:
- Containers designed to contain less than 150ml or more than 3L of beverage
- Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
- Flavoured milk containers of 1 litre or more
- Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of 1 litre or more
- Glass containers for wine and spirits
- Casks for wine or water of 1 litre or more
- Sachets for wine of 250ml or more
- Containers for wine of 250ml or more
- Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
- Registered health tonics
The introduction of the Container Deposit Scheme has led us to increase some beverage prices in line with the costs of administering the scheme.
Here’s an example of what that could mean for a 24-pack of soft drink cans:
Original price (Incl. GST)
Cost to administer the scheme
GST applied to Refund and cost to administer the scheme
New price (Incl. GST)
Note: Example used is for illustrative purposes only. Woolworths may adjust individual beverage prices by different amounts based on Woolworths’ retail pricing methodologies.
*Costs of administering the scheme may vary by container type and over time. The example shown uses the quoted July 2018 Scheme Cost per Supplied Container as published by the Scheme Coordinator April 2018.
Don’t forget, you’ll earn a 10¢ refund on every eligible container returned to an approved collection point.
The container refunds take effect from November 1st. After that date you will earn 10¢ for all eligible containers you return.