Container Deposit Schemes
- Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (ACT CDS) encourages ACT residents to reduce litter and the number of containers going to landfill.

Eligible containers under the Scheme include the majority of glass, plastic, aluminium, steel and paper-based cartons that are between 150 millilitres and 3 litres.

The ACT operates three collection types;
1.     Drop & Go Point
2.     Drop & Go Pod
3.     Cash-back Depot

Consumers receive a 10-cent refund for each eligible container and can choose to receive a cash refund, an electronic refund or make a charitable donation.

The ACT CDS return point operator is called Return-It. Return-It operate both depot and express (Drop & G0) return points.

For further information, please visit the ACT CDS website.

Beverage Companies

If you are a manufacturer, distributor, importer, contract bottler or retailer supplying beverage containers into/within ACT, you may be considered a First Supplier. Follow the steps to determine if you are required to register your business for the ACT Container Deposit Schemes (CDS).

State CDS Information for Manufacturers

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme launched on 30 June 2018. Exchange for Change [EfC] is the scheme co-ordinator for the ACT CDS and manages the financial operations, marketing and community education for the NSW and ACT schemes and ensures the integrity of the schemes through audit and risk management.

Manufacturers can find further information on the EfC website including details on the requirements for first suppliers.

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