ACT Container Deposit Scheme

Great for the environment, great for the community, great for you.

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (ACT CDS) encourages recycling in the community while reducing litter and the number of containers going to landfill.

Under the Scheme, you can return eligible, empty beverage containers to return points and receive a 10 cent refund for each container. You can choose to keep your refund or donate it to charity.

Check which containers are eligible

Eligible containers are ones that are commonly found in the litter stream, including most glass, PET, HDPE, aluminium, steel or liquid paperboard (cartons) between 150mL and 3L in size. All containers that can be recognised as an eligible container will be accepted.

How to return your containers

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

Where to return your containers

We’ve got convenient and accessible return points across the ACT and are planning on opening more soon. By July 2019 there will be 18 return points in operation.

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 account to receive your refund.


Community groups and charities can all get involved and earn some extra cash with ACT CDS.