19 September, 2023

Containers For Change to continue in Somerset

REGULAR users of the Containers for Change pop ups in Esk, Kilcoy and Fernvale are being assured that collections will continue to be offered in all three centres following the withdrawal of Anuha from the container refund scheme.

Containers For Change to continue in Somerset - feature photo

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann welcomed the news in the wake of Anuha’s withdrawal from the recycling initiative and acknowledged the transition had not resulted in any missed collection dates.

“We understand how much the community values this service and we’re thankful that Containers for Change have found an interim solution as they plan ahead for the future,” Cr Lehmann said.

“It’s great that Somerset will retain this valuable recycling program.”

A Container Exchange (COEX) spokesperson said they were delighted to confirm there will be no interruption in accessing the Containers for Change scheme for residents in the region.

“Alternative providers have stepped in to take on the services previously operated by Anuha. This may result in some slight changes to times and days of operation and customers will receive direct communication regarding any changes to their local refund point.

“The level of service in the Somerset region will be maintained and COEX will continue to work with Council to explore any opportunities for future growth.

“Somerset locals have enthusiastically embraced Containers for Change, earning 10-cent refunds for eligible drink containers returned.

“The region has benefitted by sharing in the more than $4 million returned to the pockets of locals, with almost 41 million containers saved locally from ending up as litter or landfill since 2018.

“Soon Somerset residents will be able to make an even bigger change through container recycling, with the scheme expanding to include glass wine and pure spirit bottles at their local collection points from November 1.”

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