Eligible containers

Find out which containers are accepted for a refund.

Return and Earn return points in Greater Sydney will reopen in stages. When open they can be accessed for returns in line with the latest Public Health Orders.

From 15 September 2021 return points in Blue Mountains, Camden, Canada Bay, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Mosman, Northern Beaches, some suburbs of Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Sutherland, Sydney, The Hills, Waverley, Wollondilly and Wollongong local government areas will commence reopening.

From 22 September 2021, some automated depots in Bayside, Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool local government areas will commence reopening. Please check online for details. 

From 29 September 2021 reverse-vending machines (RVMs) and OTCs in Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, remaining suburbs of Penrith, and Strathfield local government areas will commence reopening.

Return points in regional NSW remain open.

Anyone visiting a return point must ensure they comply with the latest Public Health Orders including checking-in via the QR code displayed, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing of a least 1.5 metres from others, and practice good hygiene.

We recommend checking the status of your nearest return point online or via the myTOMRA app before visiting and avoiding peak times where possible.

More information on how Return and Earn is responding to COVID-19 including details of our covid-safe measures is available here. 

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

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.

  • Milk containers
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Juice bottles 1 litre and over
  • 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.