A bit about the scheme

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A Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is coming to the ACT in early 2018.

Under the CDS, you will be able to return your empty beverage containers to an approved collection point to receive a 10 cent refund. 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.

Similar schemes exist in South Australia and the Northern Territory and NSW and Queensland will implement schemes in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Beverage containers represent a large volume of litter in the ACT. The CDS will reduce litter by providing a 10 cent refund for the recycling of eligible beverage containers.

The CDS will assist schools, charities and community groups to generate income and increase business and employment opportunities in the recycling industry.

For more information on the CDS, including payments and types of eligible containers please read the Discussion Paper and fact sheets available on the right hand side of this page or view the frequently asked questions available on the Transport Canberra and City Services website.

The ACT CDS legislation was passed into law on 9 November 2017. The ACT Government is now undertaking a process to engage the Scheme Coordinator and Network Operator in accordance with the legislation.

Agreed arrangements

Some elements of the ACT Scheme have already been decided such as:

  • the 10 cent refund amount for the return of empty eligible containers
  • logo marking
  • consistency with existing schemes in South Australia and the Northern Territory and the emerging schemes in NSW and Queensland.

The CDS will be funded by the beverage industry and delivered by experienced operators in the recycling and beverage industries.