Launching in WA on 1 October 2020

How it works

Start Making Change from 1 October 2020

Our mission is to increase recycling and reduce the number of drink containers that litter our environment in Western Australia. Making change is easy… Sign up for a Scheme ID, collect eligible containers, return your eligible containers to any Containers for Change Refund Point across WA, and claim your refund. You have the option to donate your 10c per container refund to a community group, charity or school of your choice.

Sign up for a Scheme ID

Sign up for a Scheme ID; it is the easy way to receive your refund via a direct deposit (electronic funds transfer) into your bank account.

Other refund payment options are available (voucher, donation, or cash) and do not require a Scheme ID. Please check with your local Containers for Change Refund Point operator for available payment options.

Collect eligible containers

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund. The scheme targets beverage containers most commonly seen as litter. Check if your container is eligible for a refund below.

Reverse Vending Machines (RVM) use a scanner to read each container's barcode to check its eligibility. Therefore, RVMs can’t accept crushed cans and bottles. However, other types of Refund Points in the network, including those where containers are counted by hand, can accept crushed cans if the can is identifiable as an eligible container.

In all cases, please be sure that all containers are empty and have their lids removed.

Eligible beverage containers

Ineligible beverage containers

Return containers to refund points

There are different types of container Refund Points available, including over-the-counter depots, drop-offs, reverse vending machines (RVMs), 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

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 the following ways:

Direct Deposit


Donate your containers


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