Have your say – Victoria’s container deposit scheme (CDS)

The Victorian Government is introducing a container deposit scheme (CDS) to increase beverage container recycling and reduce litter in Victoria. Community consultation is currently open and provides an opportunity for the Victorian public to provide feedback on the scheme’s design and how it should operate.

The consultation period closes 11.59pm Monday 30 November 2020.

A Community Information Session on the proposed model will be held on 18 November 2020.

Visit the Engage Victoria website for more information and to make a submission.


What is a container deposit scheme?

A container deposit scheme (CDS) is an important part of the Recycling Victoria policy, which will invest more than $300 million to transform Victoria’s recycling sector and drive investment in world class infrastructure and technology, create cutting-edge local industries and support new local jobs.

The Victorian Government will be rolling the CDS out in 2022/23.


How it works

You return empty cans, small bottles and cartons to a collection point to receive a refund (we’re proposing 10 cents). The refund amount is included in the cost of drinks in cans and bottles.



Rewarding Victorians for recycling beverage containers will mean more plastic, aluminium and glass is used to make new products. This will complement the new household recycling system.

A CDS will create new jobs across the state, including in regional areas. The scheme will create opportunities for community groups and sporting clubs to benefit through fundraising.

Drink cans and bottles make up almost half of all the litter in Victoria. A CDS will help reduce this litter and its impacts on our local wildlife and reduce clean-up costs for councils.


Click here to view CDS FAQ document

Click here to view CDS Fact Sheet

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