ACT Container Deposit Scheme

Launching 30 June.

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (ACT CDS) encourages recycling in the Canberra community and aims to reduce waste to landfill.

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

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Container checker

Containers must be between 150mL and 3L in size; and Glass, PET, HDPE, aluminium, steel or liquid paperboard (cartons). All containers that can be recognised as an eligible containers will be accepted.

How to return your containers

You will be able to return eligible, empty beverage containers at an express return point or a bulk depot and will have a variety of refund options.

Learn how to return

Where to return your containers

The ACT CDS will launch with several return points across ACT with more to follow soon after.

Find a return point

Register for electronic refunds

There are three ways you can get a refund: cash, donate to charity or receive an electronic refund. In most cases you’ll need to create a Return-It profile to receive your refund.

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Schools, charities, community and sports groups can all fundraise with ACT CDS and earn some extra cash.

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