Scheme performance dashboard as at 30 September 2021

The Containers for Change scheme commenced on 1 November 2018 to tackle the high level of beverage container litter and low recycling rates in Queensland.

Container Exchange (COEX) is committed to providing information on the scheme to Queenslanders and our stakeholders and we are pleased to share our key performance metrics.

You can read our latest performance dashboard or read the key highlights below.

Key highlights

  1. Over four billion containers collected since the scheme’s commencement in November 2018 and 1.8 billion containers collected through the scheme in Financial Year 2021
  2. Record scheme collection volumes in December 2020 with 185m containers collected across Queensland at an average of 6 million containers per day
  3. The scheme’s peak total monthly container collection rate (container refund point (CRP) network + material recovery facility (MRF) volumes) was 78.8% in January 2020

Things to note:

  1. MRF (Council Kerbside Bin) container collection rates are audited and updated quarterly
  2. Monthly collection rates vary due to the seasonality impact of beverage sales and container volumes

Container Exchange
Strategic Plan 2021-2023

We have successfully mobilised the Containers for Change scheme.

Our focus is keeping Queensland beautiful by building a world class beverage container refund scheme, delivering the highest collection at the lowest cost, whilst upholding scheme integrity.

We are now evolving the strategy for greater impact on Queensland and the circular economy.
Read our latest strategic plan on a page.

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Our organisation

COEX aims to increase beverage container recycling recovery rates to 85% by 2022.

Queensland is the fifth Australian state or territory to adopt a container refund scheme, following the lead of South Australia, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

South Australia has had a container refund scheme in place since 1977, with 76.9% of the containers used there in 2017-18 recovered for recycling. Containers make up less than 3% of all litter in South Australia; a fraction of the 44% of litter found in Queensland before the launch of the Containers for Change scheme.

Before the scheme’s commencement, kerbside recycling was offered by only 31 of Queensland’s 77 council areas. Containers previously had a greater chance of ending up in landfill or litter, than of being recycled. The introduction of the Containers for Change scheme will give around 45 local government areas access to recycling for the first time.

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Our values

Customers & Community

We work closely with our customers and communities to safely deliver accessible services and opportunities.

Environment & Sustainability

We protect and enhance Queensland's environment by delivering a sustainable, world-class scheme.

Respect

The core of our relationships – we value our people and stakeholders, and treat them with professionalism and respect.

Integrity

Courage, honesty and resilience underpins our culture, relationships, behaviour and decision-making.

Ownership & Accountability

We take responsibility for our actions so we can deliver on our goals.

Teamwork & Collaboration

Our success comes from working together, being inclusive and supporting each other to achieve our goals.

Our Board

The COEX Board is made up of nine leaders in business and innovation, including representatives from beverage, manufacturing, and logistics industries. The Board meets regularly and reports to the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs on its operations and achievements. The Board Charter can be found here.

Mark O’Brien AM

Mark O’Brien AM

Chairman

Mark O’Brien AM has lived in western Queensland for 35 years and worked in both private and public...

Mark O’Brien AM has lived in western Queensland for 35 years and worked in both private and public sectors, with extensive experience in logistics for rural and remote areas of the state. Mark served as Mayor of Murweh Shire Council for eight years from 2004–12, and for six of these years, was a Queensland Local Government Grants Commissioner.

Having developed the concept of ‘cluster fencing’ he was appointed as a Queensland Government Wild Dog Fence Commissioner, and more recently as a Queensland Drought Commissioner. After helping to corporatise the Save the Bilby Fund as its inaugural Chairman, Mark then served nine years as Chair of the South Western Natural Resource Management Group.

Mark has been Chairman of CoEx since October 2018.

Natalie Helm

Natalie Helm

Director

Natalie joined Coca-Cola South Pacific in 2020, and leads public affairs, communication and sustainability for Australia, New Zealand...

Natalie joined Coca-Cola South Pacific in 2020, and leads public affairs, communication and sustainability for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Prior to joining Coca-Cola Natalie worked as a consultant in the UK and Australia, advising on communication strategy, public affairs, brand communications and government relations for businesses and brands operating in the retail, food and beverage, alcohol, and energy and environment sectors.

Natalie is a member of the Board of the Australian Beverages Council and Chair of its Packaging Working Group, and is a member of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact Collective Action Group.

Richard Ballinger

Richard Ballinger

Director

Richard Ballinger is a highly experienced lawyer who has worked with Consumer Goods businesses both as General Counsel...

Richard Ballinger is a highly experienced lawyer who has worked with Consumer Goods businesses both as General Counsel and in large private practice law firms, as well as sitting on their management teams.

He is skilled in partnering business leaders to achieve their goals and manage their issues including M&A transactions, regulatory and compliance, joint ventures and brand partnerships, supply and distribution arrangements, product liability issues and dispute resolution. Richard holds a number of director roles and is a graduate of the AICD.

Monica Bradley

Monica Bradley

Director

Monica is a non-executive director with sustainability, technology and global investment expertise. In addition to COEX, Monica is...

Monica is a non-executive director with sustainability, technology and global investment expertise. In addition to COEX, Monica is a director of Enova Renewable Energy, Queensland University of Technology and QBDF Venture Fund managed by QIC. She is an impact investor and strong ESG advocate. She was founding director of B Corporation Aust/NZ and has advisory board roles with Beyond Zero Emissions and the SheEO capital fund for women led businesses.

The cornerstone of Monica’s executive career was her ability to deliver revenue growth, new business formation or transformation in challenging and uncertain environments. She held leadership, sales, operations, and strategy roles in New York, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.

Her expertise accumulated over decades and across continents has its foundations in the industrial sectors of global trade, transportation and logistics, followed by a decade in professional services predominantly in government reform and most recently in sustainability, technology, start-ups, education and venture capital.

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Director

Andrew Clark has more than 25 years’ experience providing assurance, financial management, consulting, governance and risk management services...

Andrew Clark has more than 25 years’ experience providing assurance, financial management, consulting, governance and risk management services in the private and public sectors and has held a range of executive finance positions. He currently provides  assurance and client engagement services for business digitisation for clients in Queensland and the Federal Government with a focus on improving governance, risk and compliance.

Before leading a national consulting practice, Andrew was a Chief Financial Officer with Airservices Australia, providing financial strategic management for one of the world’s leading air traffic control and fire rescue providers during a period of industry and service delivery change.

Edward Dowse

Edward Dowse

Director

Edward Dowse is an experienced finance and commercial leader with nearly 20 years of experience across a range...

Edward Dowse is an experienced finance and commercial leader with nearly 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including fast moving consumer goods, manufacturing and transportation. He has been with Lion for over six years and currently leads their involvement in container deposit schemes across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Lion, Ed spent over 10 years at EY advising major lenders, investors and corporates in relation to business performance, strategic options analysis, financial restructures and turnarounds in both Australia and Europe.

Jeff Maguire

Jeff Maguire

Director

Jeff Maguire has more than 40 years of supply chain experience, encompassing manufacturing and logistics in a variety...

Jeff Maguire has more than 40 years of supply chain experience, encompassing manufacturing and logistics in a variety of roles and functions, including line management, project management, and strategic management roles.

He has been with Coca-Cola Amatil for 30 years and is leading its participation in Container Refund Schemes (CRS) across Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Jeff’s global connections tap into a comprehensive knowledge base of active CRS operations from around the world to assist with successful local implementation and continuous improvement of the various schemes.

Cathy Cook

Cathy Cook

Director

Cathy Cook is a leading public affairs professional with decades of experience steering regulatory initiatives and advocacy in...

Cathy Cook is a leading public affairs professional with decades of experience steering regulatory initiatives and advocacy in Australia, the US and India.

As head of Corporate Affairs for the Australian Beverages Council Cathy is leading the industry’s efforts in Container Refund Schemes (CRS) across Australia.

Prior to this Cathy spent many years working with business and government in almost 30 countries, including as a diplomat.

Working in the US private sector for 15 of those years with both corporates and trade bodies she managed high impact litigation, crisis response, influence campaigns and advocacy.

Dominique Tim So

Dominique Tim So

Director

Dominique Tim So is a Senior Lawyer for James Cook University, having previously worked in private practice and...

Dominique Tim So is a Senior Lawyer for James Cook University, having previously worked in private practice and as a General Counsel for an ASX-listed company. She has practised in Property, Corporate and Commercial Law.

Dominique has acted on behalf of small to large businesses, high-net-worth individuals, private and public companies, not-for-profit organisations and government corporations across a wide array of industries. Dominique has held previous Director’s positions with government-owned corporation Port of Townsville Limited and the statutory not-for-profit Townsville Hospital Foundation.

Our Executive

Ken Noye

Ken Noye

Chief Executive Officer

Ken Noye originally hails from Goondiwindi in South West Queensland. He brings more than 30 years leadership and...

Ken Noye originally hails from Goondiwindi in South West Queensland. He brings more than 30 years leadership and management experience in operational logistics and supply chain to COEX. Before joining COEX as Chief Executive Officer, Ken held executive management roles at Aurizon Holdings Ltd, Toll Holdings Ltd and the Australian Defence Force. Ken has negotiated, mobilised and managed large logistics services contracts across Australia as well as internationally in Europe, Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific.

Ken is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Deakin University, the University of Canberra and the Royal Military College, Duntroon. In his role as CEO Ken reports to the Board and is responsible for implementing the COEX strategic plan with the support of the four functional General Managers – Operations, Finance Commercial & IT, Corporate & Community Relations and Audit & Risk.

Shaun Fraser

Shaun Fraser

General Manager – Operations

Shaun Fraser is an experienced executive with more than 20 years experience owning and delivering financial, commercial and...

Shaun Fraser is an experienced executive with more than 20 years experience owning and delivering financial, commercial and operational solutions for ASX listed and global sector leaders. Shaun has worked in the manufacturing, industrial services and transport and distribution sectors for industry leaders Energy Australia, TOLL and Cleanaway. His experience includes more than a decade of leading results-driven teams to provide geographically-dispersed services and operating models. He has worked in complex, high transactional environments. With a background in accounting and finance, Shaun has a high-level understanding of governance and risk mitigation. He is a results-driven professional who embraces diversity, balances stakeholder interests, communicates vision and plans effectively to deliver goals. He is well-versed in the risks of operational environments, and is committed to behavioural safety.

Aaron Rodman

Aaron Rodman

General Manager – Strategy & Growth

Aaron Rodman is an experienced commercial and finance leader having worked across Australia within the logistics industry and...

Aaron Rodman is an experienced commercial and finance leader having worked across Australia within the logistics industry and with global financial advisory firms. Prior to commencing with COEX, he spent eight years with ASX-listed Aurizon, leading the business development and commercial analysis teams, as well as holding other finance and commercial roles. A chartered accountant, Aaron developed his skills at two of the world’s leading financial advisory organisations, Deloitte and Crowe.

Glenda Viner

Glenda Viner

General Manager – Government & Stakeholder Relations

Glenda Viner has a strong background in media, communications and stakeholder engagement with more than 25 years experience...

Glenda Viner has a strong background in media, communications and stakeholder engagement with more than 25 years experience in the field. Glenda has worked in a wide range of public and private sector roles including Queensland Health, South Bank Corporation, TransLink and Arrow Energy. She has extensive experience building and sustaining organisations’ social performance credentials through proactive stakeholder and community engagement.

Virginie Marley

Virginie Marley

General Manager – Corporate Services

Virginie Marley is an experienced risk, governance and assurance professional having worked extensively in the resources and infrastructure...

Virginie Marley is an experienced risk, governance and assurance professional having worked extensively in the resources and infrastructure industries. A leader in her profession, Virginie is specialised in accompanying organisations through significant change programs, leveraging internal audit and risk management. Her career started in New Caledonia and has spanned across major leading companies including Vale, Rio Tinto, Aurizon, CIMIC Group Limited and Downer.

Sam Nicholson

Sam Nicholson

General Manager – Customer & Community

Sam Nicholson is an experienced customer and community engagement professional, bringing more than 25 years of experience in...

Sam Nicholson is an experienced customer and community engagement professional, bringing more than 25 years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, sponsorship management and corporate communications in senior private and public sector roles. Sam specialises in using customer insights and data to shape evidence-based, multi-channel content campaigns and has held a range of executive roles with high-profile brands, including Accor Asia-Pacific, Brisbane Broncos, Surf Lifesaving Queensland, Brisbane City Council, and TAFE Queensland.