Containers for change

start making change from 1 october 2020

Containers for Change is the new state-wide container deposit scheme that lets you cash in eligible drink containers for 10 cents each.

In WA, we use more than 1.3 billion eligible drink containers each year; enough drink containers to circumnavigate WA six times every year.

When it comes to recycling, Western Australians will soon have the chance to make real change and earn cash while we do it.

By recycling through Containers for Change you help to:

  • Reduce litter and landfill
  • Increase recycling
  • Create jobs
  • Provide opportunities for social enterprise and benefits for community organisations

We have been awarded the contract to deliver this scheme throughout the Gascoyne region and in Meekatharra.

Refund points

302 Robinson Street
East Carnarvon, WA, 6701

Open Hours:
Wednesdays: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturdays: 8:00am - 12:00pm


18 Marmont Street
Meekatharra, WA, 6642

Open Hours:
Wednesdays: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Mobile refund points

Masonic Hall, 4 Huston Street
Exmouth, WA, 6707

Open Hours:
Saturdays: 8:00am - 10.30am

BAG-Drop locations
Denham / shark bay

Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation Mini Golf
9 Francis Road
Denham, WA, 6537

Open Hours:
Monday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm

CORAL BAY site coming soon!

What you need to know


Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund when returned to a refund point. To be eligible the beverage container must:

  • Have contained a beverage product that is not excluded from the scheme. For example, cordials and plain milk are not included in the scheme so containers that have held these products are not eligible for a refund
  • Display the refund mark. This is so that the refund point operator can see if the container is part of the scheme. Most containers will already have a refund mark for SA and NT and these containers are eligible under Containers for Change. Beverage manufacturers have 2 years from scheme commencement to display new refund mark.
  • Be an approved container. Some containers are made from materials that cannot be recycled. These containers may not be approved (by the Western Australia Government) as an eligible container as the scheme requires that when a refund is paid on a container, that container must be recycled.

There are some beverage containers that are not eligible for a refund. Generally, ineligible containers are those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3L. Other ineligible containers include:

  • Any plain milk containers
  • Any glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • Containers 1L or more which have contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Concentrated/undiluted cordial or syrup containers
  • Sachets above 250ml which have contained wine
  • Registered health tonics

Most ineligible containers, such as plain milk bottles and glass wine bottles, can still be recycled through existing kerbside collection or drop-off services.

Bag-drop information


Place your containers into a bag.
Make sure you don’t over fill to
ensure your bag does not split or


Either mark you bag clearly, or write
on a piece of paper and place place
in a sealed plastic sleeve inside the
bag with:

  • Your scheme ID
  • Full Name
  • Contact Number

Drop your bag into the marked cages
at your local refund point.


REMEMBER: make sure your containers are CLEAN and cleared of any contamination.

Contamination includes:

  • sand/dirt
  • cigarette butts
  • sharps
  • lemon/lime 

Any container received with contamination will not be eligible for a refund.

More information

warrrl & containers for change

Containers for Change is run by WA Return Recycle Renew – a not-for-profit company responsible for establishing the collection network and managing its day-to-day operation.

Visit the Containers for Change website for refund point locations and consumer information.

Containers for Change

Visit the WARRRL website for business participation information and to register your interest in becoming a donation point.

WA Return Recycle Renew Logo

Government of western Australia - Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Visit the Government of Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation website for more information on the Government Scheme.