Recycle your empty drink containers and collect cash

Containers for Change is a new state-wide container deposit scheme that lets you cash ineligible drink containers for 10 cents each. Here's what you need to know.

September 24, 2020

By recycling through Containers for Change you can:

  • Reduce litter & landfill
  • Increase recycling
  • Create jobs
  • Provide benefits for community organisations .

There are 4 ways you can return your empty, eligible containers

  1. Reverse Vending Machines (RVM)
    These use a scanner to read each container's barcode to check its eligibility, so the machines can’t accept crushed cans.
  2. Bag drop
    Drop your containers at your local bag drop refund point.
  3. Depots
    Depots allow customers to return containers and get refunds on the spot.
  4. Pop up
    Refund point operators meet customers every week, fortnight or month.

Taking part is easy, you simply register, save your eligible empty drinks containers and claim your refund. You can also donate the money to a school, community group or charity of your choice. The scheme starts on October 1st 2020 and only containers purchased on or after this date are eligible for a refund.

Only certain containers are eligible for a refund

  • Most containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres
  • Soft drink cans and bottles
  • Bottled water
  • Small flavoured milk drinks
  • Beer, cider and pre-mixed spirits drink cans and bottles
  • Sports drinks

The following containers are not eligible

  • Plain milk containers
  • Flavoured milk more than 1 litre
  • Fruit and vegetable juice more than 1 litre, cordials & concentrated fruit & vegetable juices
  • Wine & spirit glass containers
  • Wine casks
  • Health tonic bottles

Most ineligible containers, such as plain milk bottles and glass wine bottles, can still be recycled through your kerbside bins.

Source: Containers for Change

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