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ACT Container Deposit Scheme

The smart way to recycle drink containers. It helps the environment, community and you!

COVID-19 UPDATE: All ACT CDS cash-back depots and Drop & Go Pods are open and can be accessed for returns in accordance with the latest Public Health Directions. All Drop & Go Points located at IGA stores, Vinnies stores, and Salvos Tuggeranong and Phillip are open and can be accessed for returns in accordance with the latest Public Health Directions. Anyone visiting a return point must ensure they comply with the latest Public Health Directions, including checking-in via the QR code displayed, maintaining social distancing of at least 1.5 metres from others, and practicing good hygiene. More information about how the ACT CDS is responding to COVID-19 is available here.

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 with automated counting systems. 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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