07 Feb
Collect and donate with Containers for Change

Collect and donate with Containers for Change

Containers for Change (CFC) is a revolutionary campaign that will help us support local causes, protect the environment, and save money! Here’s how it works: 

Step 1: Set up a Scheme ID 

You will soon be able to sign up for a Scheme ID. This allows you to receive refunds for containers through direct deposit (EFT) to a bank account.  

You don’t have to use a Scheme ID to receive refunds. Cash, vouchers, or donations are also available depending on your local refund point. 

Step 2: Prepare to collect 

Eligible containers purchased from 2nd June onwards can be recycled through CFC. This includes most beverage containers made of plastic, metal, aluminum, glass, and liquid paperboard from 150mL to 3L. All eligible containers will feature a refund mark from the 1st June 2022. In the meantime, those labelled recyclable in SA and NT count. 

Ineligible items include containers that held milk, wine, spirits, fruit juice, or health tonics. 

Until June, all recyclable containers should go into household recycling bins. CFC will not accept containers collected prior to this and have the authority to reject donations if purchased earlier than 2nd June.

Step 3: Deposit your containers 

As CFC rolls out many refund and donation locations will become available. Here’s how they differ: 

Refund points 

These are locations where you deposit your containers and receive refunds. There come in different types, like: 

  • Over-the-counter depot: Where containers are collected, sorted, and stored. Some may be ‘drop and go’ sites where your bags of containers will be counted and allocated a unique sticker before funds are transferred to your account. 
  • Mobile collection: Pop-up points available at certain times or events and operated by over-the-counter depots. 
  • Reverse Vending Machines (RVM): Deposit containers unattended and receive refunds direct to your account. 

Donation points 

Donation points are run by community groups, charities, and not-for-profits who take the containers to a refund point. By depositing with them you donate your refund to support their cause. 

Step 4: Collect or donate 

Each of your containers will earn you a 10c refund which you can have transferred to your bank account or in cash. Some refund points offer vouchers at participating outlets. 

Use your refund for good 

You can give to the community with your refund in two ways. Either deposit at a donation point of your choice, or allocate your refund towards a cause through your Scheme ID. Donating is an excellent way to support local community groups and charities, and we’ll discuss this in detail shortly. 


If you’d like to get in touch with us about Containers for Change, you can contact us on email or at 1800 610 665. 

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