The Queensland Container Refund Scheme (scheme) commenced on 1 November 2018—allowing people to take empty drink containers to a collection point for a refund. The scheme is funded through a surcharge on beverage manufacturers.
While the Queensland Government anticipates that beverage manufacturers will increase the price of beverages as a result of the scheme, this review was commissioned to ensure consumer interests are protected from unjustified pricing behaviours. This includes behaviours such as retailers and suppliers using the introduction of the scheme to justify price increases higher than would be expected or reasonable.
The Queensland Productivity Commission has released this issues paper to assist interested parties to prepare submissions to the review. It outlines the scope of the review and provides background material. It also asks questions about matters on which the Commission is seeking views, comments and information.