Most beverage containers, made from aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard, between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a 10c refund when returned to a TOMRA Reverse Vending Machine. To check if a container is eligible in the NSW Return and Earn scheme, you can use a lookup tool here. For a full list of eligible containers from the QLD Containers for Change scheme, the requirements can be found here.
Do not crush your containers or remove the labels as our scanners will need to identify the shape, label and barcode to register your refund. After a period of transition, all eligible drink containers will have to display a refund marking that will make it easy to see which containers can be returned.
This program targets containers that are likely to be consumed outside of the house. A good rule of thumb when considering eligibility is to consider where you would find yourself drinking the beverage. If you could easily see the average person drinking from the container outside the household, then it’s eligible. If it’s consumed primarily at home, then it’s likely to be ineligible.
Examples of ineligible containers include:
- Plain milk containers
- Glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
- Large containers (1L or more) which have contained flavoured milk, pure juice, cask wine or cask water
- Cordial or vegetable juice containers
- Sachets above 250ml which have contained wine
- Registered health tonics.
Containers that are smaller than 150mL or bigger than 3L will not be eligible for a refund. Ineligible containers will still be able to be recycled through your local kerbside bins.
If there’s a container that is eligible that the Reverse Vending Machines are rejecting, we will happily investigate it to ensure you can claim your recycling refund – send us a photo of the front packaging and the barcode and our friendly team will investigate it for you.
For some tips on how to use our Reverse Vending Machines, TOMRA Ambassador and Environmentalist Laura Wells has everything you need to know: