The Victorian Government is introducing a container deposit scheme (CDS) to increase beverage container recycling and reduce litter in Victoria.

A container deposit scheme works by including the recycling cost in the retail price of the beverage. When the empty beverage can, carton, or bottle is returned to a collection point, a 10 cent cash refund can be collected.

Victoria’s CDS is being designed to deliver:

  • 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.

It will be a new, easy way to earn money and clean up Victoria at the same time and it gives charity, community, and sports groups new ways to fundraise.

How the Victorian CDS will work

The Victorian CDS will be run by a scheme coordinator and network operators. Like all Australian CDS, beverage suppliers will fund the scheme.

The coordinator will:

  • manage the finances and commercial viability of the CDS
  • conduct audits of the scheme to prevent fraud
  • pay refund amounts and collection network costs to the network operators
  • report against performance targets set by the government.

The network operators will:

  • establish and maintain a network of refund points
  • distribute refund amounts to consumers
  • distribute payments to refund collection point operators
  • report on CDS participation and redemption rates.

The Victorian Government will use a competitive tender process to appoint the coordinator and operators.

For more information visit https://www.vic.gov.au/container-deposit-scheme

CDS consultation summary available now

This consultation ran in November 2020, asking for feedback and input on the proposed design for Victoria’s CDS and how it should operate. During the consultation, over 3,000 people provided valuable feedback.

We received feedback via two public surveys, one on how the CDS will best work for individuals, and a second survey focussing in greater detail on the scheme design.

In addition to the surveys, DELWP held a public information session and targeted workshops with industry and community stakeholders. We also received many written submissions from the community and industry.

All contributions have helped to inform the design of Victoria’s CDS. For more information about the consultation process and findings, view the report below.

Read the discussion paper

Privacy collection statement

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. Your views will be collected by DELWP for the purpose of informing government policy on designing a container deposit scheme for Victoria.

You can request access and correction of your information by contacting the Project Team at container.deposit@delwp.vic.gov.au.