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You asked for a container deposit scheme, and the Victorian Government is delivering. Now you can have your say on how you want it to work - by answering a few easy questions.

A container deposit scheme is a bit like cash for cans. When you buy a drink in a can, bottle or carton, you pay a small charge to cover recycling costs. Once you've finished the drink, return the empty container to a collection point and get your recycling refund. The drink container is then recycled and made into something new.

Drink containers make up almost half of Victoria’s litter. A container deposit scheme will cut litter, reduce waste going to landfill, and increase recycling.

It will also create jobs, boost business, and give community groups and charities another way to fundraise. It’s a key feature of Recycling Victoria - our ten-year plan to reduce waste, increase recycling and boost jobs and the economy. The scheme will be up and running by 2023.

We’re suggesting a ten-cent refund for cans, small bottles, and cartons - similar to container deposit schemes elsewhere in Australia. Cans, small bottles, and cartons will get the refund because they’re the sort of drinks you buy when you’re away from home. They’re also the most commonly littered.

Not all drink containers are included. For example, plain milk containers, wine bottles, and spirit bottles won’t receive a refund. That’s because they’re normally drunk at home, and less likely to become litter. You can put them into your household recycling bin instead.

Giving us your feedback is as easy as answering a few questions. Here are some examples. You can find more questions on the Engage Victoria Website.

Where would you like to drop off your empty drink bottles, cans and cartons?”

How should community groups and charities benefit?”

Whether you’re a community member, business, or local council, we want to hear from you. Just head to the Engage Victoria website, click on container deposit scheme and answer the questions and help us build the right container deposit system for Victoria.

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