Waste - 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.

  • Containers 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 point is designed to handle returns of all sizes to allow customers to claim their refunds effortlessly, either in cash or electronically. 

If you have returns of 825 Containers or more you will require Photo ID for your refund processing. 

If you have 1500 Containers or more, you will require Photo ID and completion of a declaration for your refund processing.  Please call ahead during normal business hours so we can organise your refund efficiently for you.​

Container Refund Point - Bunbury CDS – Recycling and Refund Point

Address 13 Smokebush Road, Davenport.

Full service, drive-through facility

Refunds available cash and electronic.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm for Scheme ID Bag Drop 

and 9am to 1pm for cash returns.

Saturday 8am to 12pm for both shceme ID and cash returns.

Closed Sunday and Public Holidays​

Enclosed shoes are essential. No thongs. No bare feet.​ 

CDS Collection Services

City of Bunbury is offering a CDS (Container Deposit Scheme) Collection Service for Charitable Organisations and Businesses.

To learn more about what we’re offering, call the Waste Services department on 9792 7333 or email depotadmin@bunbury.wa.gov.au for further information.

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:

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  • Aluminimum, steel, plastic (HDPE/PET), glass, liquid, paperboard

  • From 150ml to 3L

  • Purchased in WA

​Ineligible items:

  • 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 visiting our drive through facility, cash refunds will be available

Step 2 - Start collecting your eligible containers

Step 3 - Drop off your eligible containers to a drop off point

Step 4 - Earn money

If you are a business, school or community group and would like to discuss how the City of Bunbury may be able to help you organise your Container Collection or transport, please call the Waste Services department on 9792 7333 or email depotadmin@bunbury.wa.gov.au.

To sign up to the Containers for Change scheme, go to www.containersforchange.com.au/wa

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Bunbury can provide services to businesses, schools and community groups by providing bins and flexible pick-ups.

If you are interested in becoming a donation point and fundraising for your community via the Containers for Change scheme find more information at www.containersforchange.com.au/wa

If you would like to discuss the services City of Bunbury may be able to offer, please call the Waste Services department on 9792 7333 or email records@bunbury.wa.gov.au.

Do lids need to be removed from beverage containers before taking them to a refund point?

Yes, lids are to be removed from containers.

Containers should be empty and preferably rinsed, removing lids ensures contents are empty prior to bringing to our Bunbury CDS – recycling and refund point.

The good news - lids are recyclable.  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 crushing is permissible at the Bunbury CDS – recycling and refund point, we still must be able to identify the container as an eligible container.

For other locations;

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.

Will eligible containers be marked?

You can identify eligible containers by the 10 cent refund mark, which manufactures must include on all eligible containers within two years of the scheme commencement date.

The refund mark will state: 10c refund at collection depots/points in participating State/Territory of purchase.

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.

What if I have more questions?

Visit www.containersforchange.com.au/wa website, call the Waste Services department on 9792 7333 or email depotadmin@bunbury.wa.gov.au for further information.​