Container refund points

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Our mission is to help increase recycling and reduce the number of drink containers that litter our environment in Queensland. Becoming part of this change is easy...

Collect eligible containers

Our mission is to help increase recycling and reduce the number of drink containers that litter our environment in Queensland. So, recycling efforts are focused on drinks generally consumed away from home (such as soft drinks, water bottles and small flavoured milk). You will receive a refund for most DRINK containers between 150ml and three litres.

Drink containers generally consumed only at home (such as cordial, plain milk, wine bottles and spirit bottles, and other containers such as condiments and cleaning products) are excluded. 

Be sure that the containers are empty and have the caps off. You can take squashed cans and bottles to over-the-counter depot and drop-off points (we just need to be able to verify they are eligible).

For a more detailed understanding of what is eligible and not, see below.

Eligible beverage containers

Excluded beverage containers

Create your scheme account

Before scheme launch, you will be able to sign-up here for a scheme account; it's the easy way to receive your refund, via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) into your bank account.

Other refund payment options are available (cash, voucher, donation) and do not require a scheme account. Please check with your local container refund point operator for available payment options.

Return containers to a collection point

There are five different types of container refund points available, including over-the-counter depots, drop-offs, reverse vending machines (RVMs), donation sites and mobile and pop-up refund points.

Over-the-counter depots

Drop-offs (bag it, tag it, drop it)

Reverse vending machines (RVMs)

Mobile and pop-up refund points

Donation points (physical and virtual)

Collect (or donate) your refund

When you return your containers to a refund point you can choose whichever refund payment or donation method is offered by that refund point operator. Payments are made in one or more of the following ways:

Cash

Electronic funds transfer (EFT)

Vouchers

Donate your containers

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