Canberra’s first reverse vending machine for container deposits

Canberra’s first reverse vending machine is now operating at Erindale Shopping Centre in Wanniassa, as part of the ACT’s Container Deposit Scheme.

“Canberrans are doing a great job to recycling their containers, with more than 298 million returned since the scheme began in 2018,” said Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.

“There are still many containers that are not being recycled through the scheme and we are looking at ways to make it more convenient and accessible to the public to get their deposit back.

“A new reverse vending machine will be tested at Erindale to see if it provides a convenient alternative, in addition to the existing Return-it collection shopfronts and drop-off points around Canberra.

“Reverse vending machines are used across border in NSW and I am pleased we have been able to respond to feedback from Canberrans, who would like to access them here.”

The machines allow people to insert intact and non-crushed containers, which are automatically counted and sorted with an immediate refund paid directly into their account.

The trial return point will be open seven days a week, with on-site customer assistance from 9 am to 5.30 pm daily for the first three months.

The machine is capable of holding up to 8,000 intact and non-crushed containers at once, and requires only 10 minutes to be emptied.

This trial of reverse vending machines grows the number of container return locations across to Canberra to 20, for quick and easy drop offs no matter where you live.

“Next time you’re returning eligible containers in the Tuggeranong region, try out the Erindale reverse vending machine to get 10 cents back per container, while helping the environment at the same time,” said Minister Steel.

To use the new return point, Canberrans can follow these steps:

  • go to to set-up a Re.Turn It account
  • at the reverse vending machine, scan the QR code, which will recognise your Re.Turn It account and let you start redeeming containers
  • follow the sorting instructions – specify either glass or ‘all other material’ types
  • once redeemed, payments will be made online via your Re.Turn It account

The reverse vending machine trial will run for 6-months from today – informing future use of the technology in the ACT.

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