Donate your container deposit refunds to protect wildlife

Use your 10c refunds to save our turtles and whales!

You can double your impact every time you recycle, by donating your drink container refunds to our ocean plastics program. Together we can clean up our oceans and ensure the survival of our endangered ocean wildlife for generations to come.

Simply donate your 10c drink container refunds at a TOMRA reverse vending machine in NSW (Return and Earn), or a refund point in QLD, WA, or the NT.


How to donate your 10c container refund


At your local Reverse Vending Machine:

  1. Set AMCS as your default payout in the Return & Earn App (see guide below)
  2. Scan your Return & Earn app at a NSW Reverse Vending Machine.
  3. Insert your containers.
  4. Press “TRANSFER” on the touch screen

Voila! 100% of the refunds donated will help us save Australia’s threatened turtles and whales.

Find your nearest refund point
Search for Return and Earn locations


Use the Scheme ID barcode below before inserting your containers into a TOMRA Reverse Vending Machine.

Quote our Scheme ID number to staff when returning your containers at other collection points & bag drop locations.


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Queensland | Western Australia

Other locations

South Australia and the Northern Territory do not currently provide an option to donate your refund to charities.

Victoria container deposit scheme will commence on 1 November 2023.
Tasmania’s will commence in June 2024.


How to donate your 10c container refund to AMCS in the Return and Earn app (NSW only)

Log in to Return and Earn (NSW)

Scroll down and select Charities

Search for “Marine” and select Save Whales and Turtles from Plastic Pollution by AMCS

Click the Set as payout button

Once your active payout is set up to AMCS, simply scan your app on the barcode reader at the machine, start inserting your containers and press “TRANSFER” when finished!


When you donate your 10c container refund, you are doubling your impact by keeping bottles and cans out of the ocean AND directly supporting our work protecting the homes of whales, turtles and seabirds.


Promotional Resources

A4 Container Donation Poster
Print this A4 poster to put above your container collection box, bag or bin.

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About Container Deposit Schemes

Container Deposit Schemes allow people to return their used containers to a collection point and exchange them for a 10c refund. By providing an incentive for recycling, these refund schemes are shown to reduce litter by up to a third - helping keep plastic out of our oceans.

South Australia was the very first state to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme, way back in 1977! Today every almost Australian State or Territory has a Container Deposit Scheme, thanks to ocean lovers who have campaigned for many years for action to stop plastic bottles polluting our oceans.

Tasmania and Victoria's container deposit schemes are expected to begin in late 2023.

Aluminium is a win. Glass and plastic are always in. Steel and paper are good to go. But milk and wine bottles are a no. - Containers For Change, WA

There are slight differences in which containers are eligible for a refund depending on which state you are in. However, in general you will find that most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund.

These schemes target containers most commonly consumed and littered outside the home, so they will often exclude wine and milk containers - since they usually get recycled in household recycling.

Check which containers are eligible in your state or territory:
ACT | NSW | NT | SA | QLD | WA