Containers for change

To help encourage more Western Australians to collect and return their beverage containers, Containers for Change will provide a 10-cent refund for each eligible beverage container that is returned.

The scheme aims to:

  • Increase recovery and recycling 
  • Reduce litter and landfill
  • Provide opportunities for social enterprise and benefits for community organisations
  • Create opportunities for employment
  • Complement existing collection and recycling activities for recyclable waste.

Container for Change also provides an exciting fundraising opportunity for schools, local sports clubs, community groups, charities and worthwhile causes; the scheme will also create hundreds of jobs across Western Australia.

    Drop-off locations

    The City's approved refund points are designed to handle returns of all sizes to allow customers to claim their refunds effortlessly, either in cash or electronically.

      • Address 257 Balcatta Road, Balcatta
      • Full service, drive through facility 
      • Refunds available cash and electronic.

      Opening hours

      • Monday to Friday 8:00am - 5pm 
      • Saturday and Sunday 8.00am - 4.00pm
      • Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday closed.
      • Address 238 Balcatta Road, Balcatta
      • Express bag drop off facility
      • Refunds available electronic only.

      Opening hours

      • Monday to Friday 7:30am - 4pm 
      • Saturday and Sunday 8.00am - 4.00pm
      • Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday closed.

    Which containers are eligible for a refund?

    The scheme targets beverage containers most commonly seen as litter. The types of beverage containers covered in the scheme include plastic and glass bottles, liquid paper-board cartons, and steel and aluminium cans between 150 millilitres and three litres. Examples of eligible/ineligible beverage containers in the scheme include:

    • Eligible items for the Containers for Change program
      • Aluminium, steel, plastic (HDPE/ PET), glass, liquid paperboard
      • From 150 millilitres to three litres
      • Purchased in WA.
    • Ineligibility for change
      • Wine bottles
      • Spirits bottles
      • Milk bottles
      • Cordials.

    A more detailed list of eligible and ineligible containers is available on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation website.

    How it works

    • Step 1 - Sign up for your own scheme ID to receive your refund via a direct deposit into your bank account by visiting www.containersforchange.com.au/wa. If you are using our drive through facility, cash refunds will be available

    • Step 2 - Start collecting your eligible containers

    • Step 3 - Drop off your eligible containers to one of our drop off points

    • Step 4 - Earn money!

    If you are a business, school or community group and would like to sign up to the Containers for Change scheme, please email containers@stirling.wa.gov.au.

    FAQs

    How can I donate containers to a community group or charity? 

    There are several options for donating your containers.

    • Drop off your containers at a Donation Point
    • Donate to a charity or community group by using their Scheme ID at our Refund Point.

    How do I become a Donation point and fundraise for my community?

    The City of Stirling supports businesses, schools and community groups by providing bespoke bins and on-demand pick-ups. 

    If you are interested in becoming a donation point and fundraising for your community via the Containers for Change scheme, please email containers@stirling.wa.gov.au.

    Do lids need to be removed from beverage containers before taking them to a Refund Point? 

    Yes, lids should be removed from containers for the following reasons:

    • Removing the lids helps with the crushing of containers at processing facilities
    • Plastic lids are usually made from different plastics to the bottle, so separating the plastics makes the bottles easier to recycle
    • Lids are recyclable. Lids can be taken to various drop-off locations to be recycled. Containers for Change Refund Points will also collect lids for recycling, just remove them from the container first.

    Can crushed or damaged containers be accepted? 

    While some light crushing is permissible, the Refund Point must be able to identify the container as an eligible container.

    Reverse vending machines may require a barcode or intact shape to do this.

    If you are unsure, you should check with the Refund Point where you intend to return the containers.

    What happens to the containers redeemed at refund points? 

    Containers returned to refund points will be sorted into material type (glass, aluminium, PET plastic or HDPE plastic etc.). The sorted containers will then be sent for further processing and delivered to a final recycling destination.

    Can containers be stockpiled until the scheme commences?

    Containers should not be stockpiled prior to the start of the scheme. 

    You should continue to recycle containers before the start of the scheme through your yellow top recycling bin.

    What if I have more questions? 

    Visit the Containers for Change website for further information. 

    Stickers for Change competition

    Do you attend a school within the City of Stirling?
    Design a sticker for your school’s Containers for Change bin and win money for your school to buy new waste and recycling solutions.
    The three primary schools with the best design will win a prize of $500 each.

    In addition to the winning school receiving a prize, each school that submits their best entry will receive printed stickers to place on their Containers for Change bins.

    Stickers for change

    How to enter

    1. Choose your best design
    2. Scan it and email it to waste.services@stirling.wa.gov.au by 20 November 2020.