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