Donate your container deposit refunds to protect wildlife

Join the Protect Our Planet recycling appeal and use your 10c container deposit refunds to save wildlife!

TOMRA, Return and Earn NSW and Containers for Change in QLD & WA have partnered with the Australian Marine Conservation Society to help ensure the survival of Australia’s native species for generations.

Simply donate some or all of 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.


Colour In and Win!

Join our ocean colouring competition for a chance to win 1 of 5 kids prize packs worth over $210 each.*

To celebrate recycling 100,000 drink containers, TOMRA and AMCS are launching a new colouring in competition for kids and the young at heart.

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How to Enter

  1. Download, print and colour our cute ocean themed drawing 
  2. Take a photo of your finished artwork 
  3. Submit your photo in one of 3 ways by midnight Sunday 16th April 2023
    1. post your photo on Facebook or Instagram and tag Australian Marine Conservation Society or myTOMRA Australia and include the hashtag #ProtectOurPlanet

      Facebook: tag @myTOMRAAustralia and/or @australianmarine
      Instagram: tag @mytomra_aus and/or

    2. upload it to Australian Marine Conservation Society OR myTOMRA Australia Facebook or Instagram social media channel either as a comment or as a direct message
    3. email the photo (or scanned image) of the finished picture to


How to donate your 10c container refund


At your local Reverse Vending Machine:

  1. Start inserting your drink containers in the machine.
  2. Press “DONATE” on the touch screen, select AMCS when finished and confirm your donation.

Using the app:

You can also donate your 10c refund by selecting the Australian Marine Conservation Society as your default payout method via the Return and Earn App.

Find your nearest container return 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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TOMRA Container Return Locations
South East Queensland | Perth

Containers for Change Locations
Queensland | Western Australia


Visit the TOMRA Recycling Centre at 11 Tang Street, Coconut Grove

  1. Start inserting your drink containers in one of the machines.
  2. Simply press “DONATE” on the touch screen when finished, select AMCS and confirm your donation.

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Other locations

South Australia does not currently provide an option to donate your refund to charities.

Victoria and Tasmania’s container deposit schemes are due to commence in late 2023.



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

Select Protect our Planet Appeal with Aust. Marine Conservation

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!



Promotional Resources

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

Download A4 Poster (PDF)


The Protect Our Planet appeal is a campaign by TOMRA, in partnership with Return and Earn in NSW and Containers for Change in QLD & WA.

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.

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