Suppliers and retailers

Beverage suppliers and retailers both play important roles in the ACT CDS.


Suppliers of eligible beverages into the ACT need to enter into a Supply Arrangement with the scheme coordinator, Exchange for Change ACT, and contribute towards the Scheme. The financial contribution each supplier makes will be in proportion with their share of the eligible containers sold within ACT.

If you are a Supplier into NSW and have already entered into a NSW Supply Arrangement with Exchange for Change, you will need to sign up for ACT CDS as well.

To find more information on the Scheme you can also see the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment ACT 2017 and the Waste Management and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Amendment Regulation 2018 (No 1).

Resources for suppliers
  • Information on importing containers into the ACT

    Suppliers should only make financial contributions to the ACT CDS on containers consumed in the ACT (as is the case in each State or Territory that has a container deposit scheme).

    If your business is importing containers into the ACT from NSW, please familiarise yourself with the NSW container deposit scheme (NSW CDS) Export Protocol .

    If your business has purchased containers in NSW which have already incurred the NSW CDS cost, and those containers are then exported from NSW to the ACT, you are entitled to claim a credit for your NSW CDS contribution.

    As an example: ‘Manufacturer A’ sells containers to ‘Retailer B’ in NSW. ‘Manufacturer A’ charges ‘Retailer B’ the appropriate NSW CDS related amount. ‘Retailer B’ then moves those containers into the ACT, incurring a requirement for ‘Retailer B’ to contribute to the ACT CDS. ‘Retailer B’ may then claim a credit (via the Scheme Co-ordinator, Exchange for Change) for the amount paid into the NSW CDS on those containers exported to the ACT.

  • Information on exporting containers out of ACT

    If your business is exporting containers out of ACT, which have already been declared as supplied into the ACT, please contact Exchange for Change on so we can make the necessary arrangements with you to provide a credit.

  • Information on verification of container registrations

    Suppliers of containers into the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are required to confirm that their containers are registered with the Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change prior to supply. To ease the administrative burden on Suppliers, the ACT CDS has been structured to accept container registrations from other Australian jurisdictions that have implemented a similar scheme. At this stage, these jurisdictions are South Australia (SA), Northern Territory (NT) and New South Wales (NSW).

    If you are relying on a New South Wales registration for your container approvals in the ACT you do not need to take any further action as Exchange for Change has the full list of containers currently registered in New South Wales. To search the NSW database to confirm container registrations please click here.

    If you are relying on a registration from South Australia or the Northern Territory, please e-mail the details or your registration through to We will then confirm the registration with the relevant authority. We will require the following information:

    • the jurisdiction of registration (SA or NT)
    • the registration number
    • the name of the product covered by the registration (e.g. ABC Cola)
    • the barcode (if you have one)
    • the container material (glass, HDPE, PET, LPB, aluminium, etc.)
    • the container volume (e.g. 375ml)
    • the name of your organisation e.g. ABC Beverages
  • Definition of a Supplier into ACT CDS

    Download the definition of a supplier into ACT CDS (PDF, 99KB) document.

  • Supplier Contract Information
  • Exchange for Change newsletter
  • Supplier registration form

    Register to become a ACT CDS supplier here.


We’ve created this toolkit for retailers involved in the scheme to help explain the CDS to customers, including where and how they can get a refund. Download the retailer toolkit below.

Resources for retailers

Material Recovery Facility

Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operator means a waste management business that—

(a) processes waste collected as part of a waste collection service; and

(b) holds a waste facility licence allowing the processing of waste (otherwise than by thermal treatment) at a waste facility.

The ACT MRF protocol states that the eligible container factor for each output material will be calculated from sample data obtained in accordance with the sampling plan approved by Waste Manager. Factors are determined quarterly and updated in this section.

MRF Sampling Plan

ACT Eligible Container Factor Methodology for Publishing (PDF, 135KB)

Material Recovery Facility
  • ACT Eligible Container Factor Q1 July-Sept 2018

    The first quarter factors are presented below. The bolded figures are the ACT factors, the italicised kerbside figure for aluminium and glass are provide for comparison. The sample sizes are denoted by n, there were no outlying observations.



    MRF Samples: n = 24 Kerbside Samples: n= 26


    Standard Deviation  




    Standard Deviation  


    Aluminium 55.78 0.80 1.4% 66.87 9.82 14.7%
    PET 16.55 0.76 4.6% 10.10 0.49 4.9%
    HDPE 0.25 0.01 5.8% 0.81 0.18 22.2%
    Mixed plastic 4.87 0.73 14.9%
    Glass 1.75 0.15 8.3%

    First quarter ACT factors calculated from the MRF and kerbside samples

  • ACT Eligible Container Factor Q2 Oct-Dec 2018

    Below are the  ACT Eligible Container Factors calculated during the period – 1st Oct to 31st Dec 2018. The factors were determined in accordance with Section 9 of the ACT Container Deposit Scheme; Processing Refund Protocol, issued June 2018.

    Material Factor (eligible ct / kg)
    Aluminium 57.68
    PET 17.09
    HDPE 0.59
    Mixed Plastic 3.52
    Glass 2.46

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