Knowing what can and can’t be returned.

While the rules vary from state to state, every container deposit scheme currently running in Australia was designed around one main objective: reducing litter.

What that means is that the containers eligible for the 10-cent refund tend to be drink cans, bottles and containers that people dispose of while out and about. For example, soft drink cans are eligible for the 10-cent refund whereas 2L milk bottles are not. But no matter where you are, containers need to be empty, uncrushed and have the 10c refund marking.

First things first.

Most containers between 150ml and 3L that are made of PET/HDPE, Aluminium/Steel, Glass and Liquid paperboard are eligible for return under your state’s container deposit scheme.

Any container outside the 150ml-3L range probably can’t be returned. Moreover, non-beverage containers such as shampoo and detergent bottles, and things like wine and cordial bottles cannot be returned under your state’s container deposit scheme.

 

Containers should be:
  • Marked with the 10c refund logo on the label
  • Empty of liquid
  • Not crushed or broken

What can be returned.

Plastic.
  • Water (plain, still or carbonated) under 3L
  • Carbonated soft drinks under 3L
  • Sports/Vitamin/Energy drinks under 3L
  • Fruit/Juice-based drinks (less than 90% juice) under 3L
  • Pure fruit/vegetable juice under 1L
  • Flavoured milks under 1L
  • Alcoholic beers and ciders under 3L
  • Pre-mixed, spirit-based drinks under 3L
  • Mini plastic wine bottles under 250ml
Aluminium/
Steel.
  • Carbonated soft drinks under 3L
  • Alcoholic beers and ciders under 3L
  • Sports/Vitamin/Energy drinks under 3L
  • Fruit/Juice-based drinks (less than 90% juice) under 3L
  • Pre-mixed, spirit-based drinks under 3L
Glass.
  • Water (plain, still or carbonated) under 3L
  • Carbonated soft drinks under 3L
  • Alcoholic beers and ciders under 3L
  • Pre-mixed, spirit-based drinks under 3L
  • Pure fruit/vegetable juice under 1L
  • Fruit/Juice-based drinks (less than 90% juice) under 3L
Liquid
Paperboard.
  • Flavoured milks under 1L
  • Pure fruit/vegetable juice under 1L
  • Fruit/Juice-based drinks (less than 90% juice) under 3L
  • Coconut water under 3L

What can’t be returned.

Glass spirit bottles
any size
Glass wine bottles
any size
Plain milk containers
any material or size
Pure cordial containers
any material or size

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