Victoria's Container Deposit Scheme

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The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is part of the Victorian Government's 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

From 1 November 2023, you can exchange eligible drink containers for 10 cents including:

  • Aluminium cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Glass bottles
  • Paperboard cartons (under 1L)
  • Steel bottles/cans

Containers must be:

  • purchased in Vic
  • must be an eligible container (look for 10c mark on container)
  • must not be crushed
  • barcode must be readable
  • lids can be left on
  • container should be empty, but does not need to be clean

There are multiple types of collection points:

  • Reverse vending machine (RVM)
  • Over The Counter Collection point (OTC) – such as retail shops
  • Depot – can be manual or automatic 

For location details click here.

Please note this is not a Council operated service. For further details visit