ACT Container Deposit Scheme

COVID-19 update: The ACT Container Deposit Scheme continues to operate. Remember to check online for the latest updates on the operating hours of your closest return point before visiting. Help stop the spread and stay healthy by keeping at least 1.5 metres from others when returning; washing your hands before and after; and staying home if you’re feeling unwell. For the latest government advice, visit

Reduce litter and landfill

Get 10 cents for each one

Most drink containers between 150mL and 3L in size are eligible under the ACT CDS.

How does it work?

1. Collect eligible bottles, cans and cartons
2. Drop off your containers
3. Pick up 10 cents for each one you return

Which containers are eligible?

Eligible drink containers are those that are commonly found in the litter stream and are smaller, more portable containers. Larger containers often used at home are not eligible under the ACT CDS.

Visit the eligibility guide

Returning containers

Each type of return point offers different refund options.

Drop & Go Pods

Self-service and open 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

Ideal for returning containers close to home.

  • Electronic refunds
  • Donations

Drop & Go Points

Self-service and staffed. Open during business hours and weekends.

Ideal for four to five bags of drink containers at a time.

  • Electronic refunds
  • Donations

Cash-back Depots

Staffed and offers additional services. Open during business hours and weekends.

Ideal for larger quantities of drink containers and instant cash refund.

  • Cash refunds
  • Electronic refunds
  • Donations

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