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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
  • 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

Look for the 10c label on the container to see if it is eligible for a refund.

Remember to leave the lids on when returning your containers. They'll be recycled too.

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.

  • Plain milk bottles or cartons
  • Flavoured milk containers of 1L or more
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Cordial bottles
  • Pure juice containers 1 litre and over
    (comprising of at least 90% pure juice)

If you are a beverage supplier and looking for information about container registration or eligibility, please visit the scheme coordinator website

Not sure if your container is eligible?

If you would like to check whether a certain container has been registered to be returned for a refund under the scheme, simply visit the container database and search by the product name or barcode.

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.