Eligible containers

Find out which containers are accepted for a refund.

Good to go: most drink bottles and cans

These containers are most commonly found as litter in NSW. They’re often consumed ‘on the go.’

  • Cans (e.g. soft drinks)
  • Bottles ( e.g. beer bottles)
  • Cartons (e.g. milk cartons)
  • Juice boxes or poppers

Most containers between 150ml and 3 litres are accepted and can get you a refund. However, they must…

  • Be in good condition (not be crushed or broken)
  • Be empty
  • Have the label attached

No go: items that are not refundable

These items aren’t accepted, but can still go into household recycling. They’re often used at home.

  • Any milk containers that are 1 litre or more
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Juice bottles over 1 litre
  • Cordial bottles

Not sure if your container is eligible?

It can be confusing to know what’s eligible, which is why we have the container database. Simply enter your product or have the barcode handy.

More information

Where's my closest return point?

Click below to find your closest return point and learn more about the different types.

What are my refund options?

Different refund options include a redeemable retail voucher, digital transfer, cash or donation.

How can I make a larger impact?

As a school, community or business, you can have a larger impact simply by involving your group or organisation.