Donate your Cash for Containers Refund

How to donate your container deposit scheme refund

New South Wales

Return and Earn

When returning your containers a ‘reverse vending machine’, scan the barcode below:

1. Scan the barcode

2. Return your containers

3. Select PAYOUT to donate your refund!

Find a NSW collection point near you

Northern Territory

TOMRA Recycling Centre
11 Tang Street, Coconut Grove

When returning your containers, scan the barcode below:

1. Scan the barcode

2. Return your containers

3. Select PAYOUT to donate your refund!

Visit the Coconut Grove Recycling Centre website for more information

Queensland

Containers For Change

When returning your containers at your local collection depot, ‘reverse vending machine’ or bag drop location, use the Scheme ID below:

C10204861

At TOMRA Reverse Vending Machines, you may also use the barcode below.

Using the barcode option: Simply scan under the barcode reader, return your containers, and then select PAYOUT.

Find a QLD collection point near you

Western Australia

Containers For Change

When returning your containers at your local collection depot, ‘reverse vending machine’ or bag drop location, use the Scheme ID or barcode below:

C10204861

Using the barcode option: Simply scan under the barcode reader on Reverse Vending Machines, return your containers, and then select PAYOUT.

Find a WA collection point near you

South Australia does not currently provide an option to donate your refund to charities. Victoria and Tasmania’s schemes are yet to commence.

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.

Tasmania’s Container Deposit Scheme is scheduled to start in 2022, and Victoria’s is due to start in 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