How to earn 'free money' at some Woolworths stores: 'Love it'

Woolworths has revealed how shoppers can earn cash by recycling plastic containers in their latest TikTok video.

Shared yesterday on the official @Woolworths_au TikTok account, Woolworths celebrity staffer, Liam Kirley, explained how the container deposit scheme works.

“Hello wizard shoppers. In today’s class, I’ll be showing you how to turn this into this,” Liam says in the video while ‘magically’ transforming a plastic bottle into a jar of coins.

Screenshots of Woolworths TikTok money making hack
Woolworths has revealed how customers can make 'free money' by recycling specially-marked containers. Source: TikTok/Woolworths_au

In the 30-second video captioned “simple: you return, and then you earn”, Liam explains how savvy shoppers can recycle specially-marked plastic bottles for a 10-cent refund.

The light-hearted footage shows Liam visiting a return point, where he deposits his bottles for recycling, before printing out a receipt to turn his used bottles into cold-hard cash.

“Once you have recycled your containers you can print out receipts which you can redeem at your local Woolworths,” Liam explains.

The staffer then approaches the self-serve checkout at Woolworths, where he scans the receipt.

“Here, you can either put it toward your shop, or get a cash refund,” he says.

“That’s one way to shop free at Woolies,” he concludes, before throwing his coins in the air.

How does the container deposit scheme work?

The container deposit scheme was introduced in some Australian states “in the interest of reducing waste”, according to the Woolworths website.

Woolworths shoppers can claim a 10-cent refund per container in four simple steps:

  1. Collect eligible bottles, cans and cartons

  2. Take your containers to a return point

  3. Print your voucher

  4. Scan your voucher in-store at Woolworths for a cash refund or to put toward your shop

Person recycling bottle into the Return and Earn machine
The container deposit scheme currently operates across New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. Source: Getty

How does the scheme work in each state?

The container deposit scheme currently operates across New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

There are currently 626 Return and Earn collection points across NSW, while Queensland and WA provide various Containers for Change depots, pop-ups, bag drops and reverse vending machines (RVMs).

NSW shoppers have recycled more than 6.4 billion containers since the launch of the scheme in 2017, meaning they have collectively made $648.6 million.

Meanwhile, it’s estimated the scheme will recycle an additional 6.6 billion containers in WA and Queensland over the next 20 years.

With this in mind, theoretically, Woolworths customers could earn up to $480 a year if they were to recycle 100 containers per week for a year – that’s a month’s worth of groceries for one person.

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