Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme


About the scheme

Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic) is part of the Victorian Government's $515 million investment to transform the state's waste and recycling sector. Funded by contributions from the beverage industry, the scheme will contribute to Victoria's target of diverting 80% of all material away from landfill by 2030 and represents a significant milestone in our journey towards a circular economy.

Victorians use more than 3 billion drink containers every year. Sadly, many are not recycled, ending up in landfill and as litter in local communities across our state.

CDS Vic aims to:
  • Increase recycling and reduce litter, cleaning up our environment
  • Be convenient and accessible with many types and locations of refund points across Victoria
  • Bring new jobs and economic opportunities for individuals, charity and community groups

How to make a return

CDS Vic provides a 10 cent refund for every eligible drink container returned at refund points across Victoria. Every bottle, can and carton you return helps divert valuable containers from landfill.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Collect eligible drink containers

Most aluminum, glass, plastic, steel, and liquid paperboard (carton) drink containers between 150mL and 3 litres are eligible. Look for the 10c mark on the back of pack. Some drinks are not eligible, including plain milk containers, wine and spirit bottles.

2. Return your eligible drink containers

See all the refund points in Victoria on the Return it website.

3. Earn a refund

All eligible drink containers are worth a 10 cent refund that you can either keep, or donate to a community donation partner.

*Information sourced from Victoria‘s Container Deposit Scheme | About CDS Vic

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