Say hello to our first reverse vending machine at Erindale Shopping Centre!

RVM Erindale

Thanks to continuous innovation from our network operator, Return-It, the ACT Container Deposit Scheme’s network of return points now includes our first reverse vending machine (RVM) in Erindale.

Think of a regular vending machine, where you pop your money in and a drink container comes out. Reverse vending machines do the opposite. You return your empty, eligible drink containers to be recycled, the machine scans and counts them and then you receive a refund of 10 cents per container to your Return-It Express account.

After a successful launch of self-service machines at the scheme’s four Cash-back Depots in Phillip, Fyshwick, Belconnen and Mitchell, the reverse vending machine gives residents another self-service option to recycle in Tuggeranong.

Another great feature of the RVM is that it is powered by solar energy to further reduce any impact on the environment.

The machine is located in the carpark of Erindale Shopping Centre (68 Comrie St, Wanniassa). It will be open 7AM-7PM, seven days a week. For the first few months of opening, a Return-It attendant will staff the return point to assist customers from 9AM-5.30PM daily.

“Reverse vending machines are a common feature as part of container deposit schemes across the world and we want Canberrans to have access to this convenient technology.” Said Marc Churchin, CEO of Return-It.

“It makes recycling easy to do and at the new Erindale location, you can drop off your containers and receive a refund into your Return-It Express account when you go to the shops. This machine gives people another convenient and accessible way to recycle their containers to add to our comprehensive offering of 19 return points across Canberra.”

To return your containers at the reverse vending machine, simply follow these steps:

• You’ll need a Return-It Express account to recycle through the machine and receive your refund. Sign up for a Return-It Express account at

• Take your containers to the machine and scan your Express account QR code to get started.

• Return your containers through the appropriate chute to be scanned and counted.

• After you have returned your containers, your refund will appear in your Express account within a few business days.

Get directions to the Erindale reverse vending machine here.

At the time this article was published, we are still living in a world impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. When visiting this return point, please make sure you comply with the latest Public Health Directions, including checking-in via the QR code displayed, wearing a face mask at indoor return points, maintaining social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from others, and practicing good hygiene.