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Container Deposit Scheme

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) has now begun.

The industry-funded Scheme encourages recycling within the Canberra community and aims to reduce litter and waste to landfill.

Under the Scheme, consumers are able to return eligible, empty beverage containers and receive a 10 cent refund for each container. Residents are able to collect the refund themselves or donate it to charity.

Most containers commonly found in the litter stream including aluminium, glass, PET, HDPE, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres are eligible containers under the Scheme.

Containers not eligible for a refund are ones that aren’t commonly found in litter, including including all plain milk, flavoured milks 1L and above, pure juice drinks, wine and spirit bottles, cordials.

There are nine return points currently in operation, including seven express points in Vinnies and Salvos shop fronts. By July 2019 there will be 18 return points across Canberra.

For further information please visit the ACT CDS website.

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