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A bit about the Scheme

A Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) will commence in the ACT on 30 June 2018.

The Scheme encourages recycling within the Canberra community and aims to reduce waste to landfill via increased source separation of eligible containers at CDS collection points and material sorting efficiency increases at the Hume Material Recovery Facility.

Under the Scheme, consumers will be able to return eligible, empty beverage containers to designated collection points and receive a 10 cent refund for each container.

Most aluminium, glass, PET, HDPE, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres (inclusive) will be eligible containers under the Scheme.

Where can I return my containers for a refund?

Container collection points are being set up now around the ACT and will feature across the ACT in accessible, high residential catchment areas. Collection points include bulk counting depots, where containers can be returned for cash or EFT, and express collection points, where containers can be returned for an EFT refund or a donation to select charities.

For more information on the ACT CDS and to stay updated on collection points, visit

Supplier sign up

Beverage suppliers will play an important role in the ACT CDS. Suppliers of eligible beverages into the ACT need to enter into a Supply Arrangement with the scheme coordinator, Exchange for Change ACT, and contribute towards the Scheme. The financial contribution each supplier will make will be in proportion with their share of the eligible containers sold within ACT.

If you are a Supplier into NSW and have already entered into a NSW Supply Arrangement with Exchange for Change, you will need to sign up for ACT CDS as well.

Find out more and register here to be a supplier.

Containers eligible for a refund.
Containers not eligible for a refund.