What is a Reverse Vending Machine? It’s a marvelous piece of technology that takes drink containers from users and provides them with a refund. Used all over the world, they are the linchpin of container deposit schemes and are critical in capturing material for effective recycling.
In most states across Australia, returning an eligible drink container to an RVM provides a 10c refund.
Our Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) are world-class in scanning and collecting technology. Quick, easy, and automated, they can take 100 containers per second making them great for both small and large quantities. RVMs are located across New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and Northern Territory. In NSW, they are standalone units or used in Reverse Vending Centres. In other states, RVMs make up part of our clean and modern Recycling Centres.
You can find your nearest RVM here.
NSW and NT Reverse Vending Machines
To begin your session, simply return your first drink container – there’s nothing to press to start. If you’d like to get a physical voucher or donate your refund to charity, then just continue placing your containers into the chute.
When you’ve finished your session, select the option on the screen that you prefer. Select “Donate” to give your refund to charity, “Voucher” to claim a physical voucher, or “Payout” to get your refund through the myTOMRA app.
QLD and WA Reverse Vending Machines
Using an RVM in QLD or WA is similar. To begin your session, simply return your first drink container – there’s nothing to press to start. If you’d like to get a physical voucher then just continue placing your containers into the chute.
If you’d like to get your refund via PayPal or direct bank transfer, you will need to scan your unique Containers For Change Scheme ID barcode at any time during the session. The Containers For Change barcode can only be used in QLD and WA. Alternatively, you can scan the barcode of a charity or not-for-profit at the RVM to donate your refund to that cause.
Once you have scanned your barcode, you will see a confirmation message on the screen of the machine. Return all of your containers and once you are done, click ‘Transfer.’ Your refund will be paid to the selected bank or PayPal account and the funds will take up to one business day to be transferred.