Container Deposit Schemes

QLD container deposit scheme

At Woolworths, we work tirelessly to keep the price of your groceries down.

However, the introduction of the QLD Government Container Refund Scheme means that we have increased some beverage prices.

From 1st November 2018, you'll be able to earn a 10¢ refund for every eligible container that you return to an authorised QLD collection point.

For more information on the QLD Government Container Refund Scheme, please visit:

Containers for Change -

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the initiative been introduced?

Single use beverage containers make up the majority of all litter found in the environment. So the QLD Government is introducing the Container Refund Scheme to encourage the community to recycle their drink containers and keep them off our streets and out of our parks.

What containers are eligible?

Most empty 150ml to 3-litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10¢ refund. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • Plastic (PET and HDPE)
  • Glass
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (Cartons)

Containers should be empty and in a reasonable condition.

What containers can’t be recycled for a refund?

Containers that can’t be deposited for a refund include:

  • Containers designed to contain less than 150ml or more than 3L of beverage
  • Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • Flavoured milk containers of 1 litre or more
  • Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of 1 litre or more
  • Glass containers for wine and spirits
  • Casks for wine or water of 1 litre or more
  • Sachets for wine of 250ml or more
  • Containers for wine of 250ml or more
  • Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics
How does the introduction of the scheme impact prices?

The introduction of the Container Deposit Scheme has led us to increase some beverage prices in line with the costs of administering the scheme.

Don’t forget, you’ll earn a 10¢ refund on every eligible container returned to an approved collection point.

When can I start claiming my 10¢ refund?

The container refunds take effect from November 1st. After that date you will earn 10¢ for all eligible containers you return.

Where can I claim my 10¢ refund?

Container collection points will be located across QLD. To find your nearest collection point go to