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Published 18 June 2020

You can make a whole lot of cents – and dollars – by dropping off empty drink cans and bottles at your nearest collection depot.

You'll receive a 10-cent refund for each individual item you drop off. If you’re unsure whether a refund applies, simply check the label or see this link for what items are accepted. 

South Australia successfully introduced the container deposit scheme in 1977 as a way to reduce litter, increase resource recovery and reduce waste going to landfill.

Make sure you follow these Recycling SA guidelines before dropping items off: 

  • Containers, bags, bins or crates should not be too heavy
  • Ensure there is no liquid left in any cans or bottles
  • Remove all bottle tops.

Used drink bottles and cans can also go in your yellow-lid recycling bin.

Getting refunds at depots FAQs

How to recycle bottle tops