What containers are ELIGIBLE to be recycled at Express Recycling?

Eligible containers

Most aluminium, glass (including wine & pure spirit bottles), plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3 litres are eligible for a refund.

NB:  The initial scheme focus is on those beverages that are consumed out of the home.

What containers are NOT ELIGIBLE to be recylced at Express Recycling?

Excluded containers

Containers for cordial and plain milk are excluded from the scheme. This includes containers filled with one litre or more of flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine, or cask water.

How can I PREPARE my containers for a quick drop off?


Returned containers must be empty and have the lids removed.

Slightly crushed containers are acceptable – however, no broken glass will be eligible.

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What Is Containers For Change and COEX?

Container Exchange (COEX)

Creating a recycling scheme to keep Queensland beautiful

The Queensland Government has introduced a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) to play a major role in reducing beverage container litter across the State.

COEX has been appointed as the Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO) to establish and operate the CRS.

Find out more here:


Containers for Change Scheme

‘Containers for Change’ scheme launched with a network of more than 230 refund sites available across the state, with more sites to be added in the future.

The scheme brand “reflects not only the 10-cents that people will receive when they return an eligible container, but also the benefits that the scheme will deliver for Queensland’s environment, communities and charities,” Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said.

To learn more about the scheme visit


Sign-up for a scheme account

Sign-up for a scheme account; it’s the easy way to receive your refund via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) into your bank account.

Other refund payment options are available (cash, voucher, donation) and do not require a scheme account. Please check with us for available payment options.

What containers can I recycle under the scheme?

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3 litres.

The container must display the refund mark

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
Liquid paper board

To be eligible the beverage container must:

Have contained a beverage product that is not excluded from the scheme. For example, cordials and plain milk are not included in the scheme so containers that have held these products are not eligible for a refund

Display the refund mark. This is so that the container refund point operator can see if the container is part of the scheme. Most containers will already have a refund mark for SA and NT and these containers are eligible under Containers for Change.

Some containers are made out of materials that cannot be recycled. These containers may not be approved (by the Queensland Government) as an eligible container as the scheme requires that when a refund is paid on a container that container must be recycled.

Generally excluded containers are those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3 litres.

Other excluded containers include:

  • Any plain milk containers
  • Any glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • Containers 1L or more which have contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Concentrated/undiluted cordial or syrup containers
  • Sachets above 250ml which have contained wine
  • Registered health tonics

Excluded containers, such as plain milk bottles and glass wine bottles, can still be recycled through existing kerbside collection or drop-off services.

Express Recycling has locations up and down the SE Queensland Coast from Noosa to Currumbin and a depot in Hervey Bay.



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Clontarf QLD 4020

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