Containers for Change Scheme

Containers for Change is a state-wide container deposit scheme where you can cash in eligible containers for 10 cents each when they are returned to an approved refund point.

Containers for Change:

  • Encourages recycling
  • Reduces litter and keeps WA clean
  • Reduces waste to landfill
  • Creates employment opportunities
  • Provides fundraising opportunities for schools, local sports clubs, community groups and charities

For more information and refund locations, visit Containers for Change 

Did you know.... in WA, we use more than 1.3 billion eligible drink containers each year, accounting for 44% of litter. That’s enough drink containers to line up between Perth and Broome!

For the frequently asked questions, visit the Containers for Change FAQs.

For information on the scheme provider, visit the WA Return Recycle Renew.

Refund Points in the City of Melville

NameAddressOpening HoursTypePayment
Good Sammy Recycling Booragoon491 Marmion Street, Booragoon

Monday – Saturday, 9:00am – 5:30pm

Closed Sundays and public holidays

Bag dropEFT via scheme ID
TOMRA Recycling Centre Myaree46 McCoy Street, Myaree

Monday – Friday 7:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday-Sunday 7:00am – 5:00pm

Reverse vending machineEFT via scheme ID and retail vouchers


Which containers are eligible for a refund?

Containers for Change targets drink containers most commonly seen as litter. Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund.


Which containers are not eligible for a refund?

All containers smaller than 150ml and bigger than 3L are not eligible for a refund. Other ineligible containers include:

  • Plain milk bottles
  • Glass bottles which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • Large containers (1L or more) which have contained flavoured milk, pure juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Cordial or vegetable juice containers
  • Wine sachets above 250mL
Why are some drink containers, like wine and milk containers not eligible for a refund?

Eligible containers are those most commonly consumed outside of the home and most likely to be littered or landfilled. This is consistent with other container deposit schemes across Australia.

How can I tell if my containers is eligible?

Each eligible container displays the following message: “10c refund at collection depots/points in participating State/Territory of purchase"

Should lids be removed from containers?

Yes, lids should be removed from containers and all refund points will have dedicated bins where you can return your container lids for recycling. They need to be removed for the following reasons:

  • Removing lids helps with the crushing of containers at processing facilities
  • Plastic lids are usually made from different plastics to the bottle, so separating the plastics makes the bottles easier to recycle
  • Lids can be recycled via the Containers for Change scheme
Can crushed or damaged containers be returned?
  • Containers returned at a depot or bag drop don’t need to be in perfect condition for them to be returned. Containers can be crushed, and labels removed, as long as the refund point operator can identify the container as an eligible container
  • Containers returned through reverse vending machines (RVM) will need a readable barcode so it can be scanned to check the container is eligible.
  • The refund point has the ultimate discretion on whether containers will be accepted, so check with the Refund Point where you intend to return the containers
Is there a maximum number of containers I can return?
  • You may be asked to show your driver’s licence if returning more than 825 containers. You will be required to sign a declaration form if returning more than 1,500 containers. The refund point operator can refuse to accept your containers if you don’t sign the declaration
  • Some refund points may also have cash limits, so it’s a good idea to check in with them before returning a large number of containers
Where can I return my containers?
  • To find your nearest refund point, visit this page. Search your postcode or suburb in the map’s search bar and click on the nearby pins to get the details of your local refund point. Scroll down the page to find more information on the different types of refund points
Where will the containers go after they are collected?
  • They will be sorted into material type (glass, aluminium, PET plastic or HDPE plastic)
  • The sorted containers will then be sent to a recycler for processing and/or recycling, or delivered to a final recycling destination
  • Refund point operators will need to provide evidence that they have forwarded the containers to a recycler. WA legislation prohibits refunded containers from being sent to landfill
Can the program be used as a fundraiser?

Absolutely!  This scheme is a great way for schools, community groups, charities, sports clubs, scout troops and others to raise much-needed funds.

  • Organisations may choose to set up a collection cage where eligible containers can be dropped off, and then collect the deposit when they are returned for recycling
  • Find more information about fundraising via the Containers for Change website.
Will the container deposit scheme cost me money?

The purchase price of eligible items has increased by 10 cents, as the cost of running the scheme is passed on to beverage companies. But that money can be claimed back when the container is deposited.

Who Operates Containers for Change?

WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd (WARRRL) is a not-for-profit company established to coordinate the scheme in WA. Containers for Change refund points are operated by over 70 organisations, including commercial entities, not for profit organisations, charities, sporting groups, Local Governments and Aboriginal corporations.

Who funds Containers for Change?

Containers for Change is a product stewardship scheme, in which industry manufacturers share responsibility for the sustainable management of products. Under the scheme, beverage suppliers pay for the cost of operating a convenient and accessible recycling scheme to recover eligible containers.In this way, suppliers take responsibility for helping to improve recycling rates and reduce the environmental impact of empty drink containers.

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