Container Deposit Scheme

Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic) is set to start on 1 November 2023.  

The scheme will reward Victorians with a 10-cent refund for every eligible can, carton and bottle they return. 

CDS Vic is part of the State Government’s new reforms to the waste and recycling sector and will provide shared benefits to the community, environment and economy by delivering: 

  • more and better recycling 

  • less waste - old containers become new ones 

  • less litter - cut by up to half 

  • hundreds of new jobs and economic opportunities across Victoria 

  • a cleaner, greener state. 

How will the Container Deposit Scheme work? 

  • You purchase a drink. 

  • You return your empty drink container to a refund collection point.  

  • You receive a 10-cent refund for every eligible container you return. You can choose to keep the funds or donate to a participating charity, community group, environmental group, educational organisation or sports group. 

  • Your returned container is given a new lease on life. The material is recycled and remanufactured into a new product, saving it from landfill or littering the environment. 


Which containers will be eligible for refund?  

CDS Vic will target beverage containers that most commonly contribute to litter and are often consumed away from home, and includes plastic soft drink bottles, glass beer and soft drink bottles, small fruit juice cartons and alcohol sold in cans. Wine bottles are not included in this scheme. 

Who will run the scheme? 

CDS Vic will be run by VicReturn as the Scheme Coordinator, and Return-it will be the Network Operator, responsible for establishing and maintaining refund collection points across Baw Baw Shire.  

Where will I be able to return my drink containers?  

There will be many convenient and accessible locations to return your empty drink containers. Closer to scheme commencement, Return-it will provide information on the location and types of refund collection points available in Baw Baw Shire. 

For more information

Council will provide further updates when available, or you can visit