Container refund points

Over 2,047,297,642 containers returned to date*

How it works

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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...

1. Collect eligible containers

Recycling efforts are focused on drinks generally consumed away from home (eg. soft drinks, water bottles, small flavoured milk). Drink containers generally consumed only at home (eg. cordial, plain milk, wine and spirit bottles, condiments and cleaning) are excluded.

Check if your container is eligible for a refund below or scan the container barcode using the eligibility scanner on our Containers for Change QLD app available on Google Play and the App Store

Check if your container is eligible for a refund:
Eligible. Time to cash in.
Not eligible.
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* If your product does not have a barcode, please call *13 42 42 or email for clarification.

Eligible beverage containers

Excluded beverage containers

2. Create your scheme account

Sign-up for a scheme account below; it's the easy way to receive your refund via an electronic funds transfer (EFT) into your bank account or you can now receive your refund through PayPal. 

If you prefer to receive your container refund through PayPal, select PayPal as your preferred method of payment when setting up your account or update your payment preferences by visiting the ‘Financial Information’ tab when logged in to your scheme account. 

Quote your scheme ID when returning your containers and your refund will be sent to your preferred payment account. Plus, use your scheme ID when you return your containers to keep track of your transaction history and total refunds in the Containers for Change app. Now available on Google Play and the App Store.

3. Return containers to a collection point

There are four different types of container refund points available, including over-the-counter depots, bag drops, reverse vending machines (RVMs), and mobile and pop-up refund points. You can also donate your containers at donation points.

Find out where to cash in here or use the Containers for Change QLD app to search for your nearest container refund point and follow the directions to get there; how easy! Available on Google Play and the App Store.

Over-the-counter depots

Bag drops (bag it, tag it, drop it)

Reverse vending machines (RVMs)

Mobiles and pop-ups

Donation points (physical and virtual)

4. 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:


Electronic funds transfer (EFT)


Donate your containers

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