Council Plan to Close Container Exchange Due to COVID-19

Container Exchange at WMF

Published: 27th March 2020

Council intend to temporarily close the Waste Management Facility (WMF) Container Exchange platform at close of business on Sunday, March 29, 2020. 

This decision has been made in the interest of both the public and Council employee safety and is in line with the safety recommendations stated within the recent announcements made by the Federal Government regarding containing the spread of COVID-19. 

All other facilities at the Waste Management Facility will remain operational.

While Council will continue to accept and process eligible containers up until Sunday, March 29, it is recommended that customers intending on using this service note increased safety and social distancing practices and comply with instructions given by WMF staff. 

Wait times can also be expected to increase notably for customers requesting cash rebates as the sorting facilities are now required to be sterilised between processes.

As such, it is highly recommended that customers wishing to have their containers processed before platform closure attain a Scheme ID number through the Containers for Change website (, which will allow the rebate to be paid directly to an allocated bank account, so they may simply drop their containers where instructed and leave the WMF with minimal fuss and unnecessary interaction.

Council regrets having to temporarily close the Container Exchange area but are doing so in the interest of public and staff health and safety. Council appreciates people’s patience and understanding if long queues or wait times are experienced on Sunday.

Members of the community are encouraged to hang on to their containers until the platform reopens whereupon additional staff may be required to mitigate the potential influx of containers.