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ACT Container Deposit Scheme

The smart way to recycle drink containers. It helps the environment, community and you!

COVID-19 update: Please follow the latest Public Health Orders when visiting a return point.

Reduce litter and landfill

Get 10 cents for each one

Most drink containers between 150mL and 3L in size are eligible under the ACT CDS.

How does it work?

1. Collect eligible bottles, cans and cartons
2. Drop off your containers
3. Pick up 10 cents for each one you return

Which containers are eligible?

Eligible drink containers are those that are commonly found in the litter stream and are smaller, more portable containers. Larger containers often used at home are not eligible under the ACT CDS.

Visit the eligibility guide

Returning containers

Each type of return point offers different refund options.

Drop & Go Pods

Self-service and open 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

Ideal for returning containers close to home.

  • Electronic refunds
  • Donations

Drop & Go Points

Self-service and staffed. Open during business hours and weekends.

Ideal for four to five bags of drink containers at a time.

  • Electronic refunds
  • Donations

Cash-back Depots

Staffed with automated counting systems. Open during business hours and weekends.

Ideal for larger quantities of drink containers and instant cash refund.

  • Cash refunds
  • Electronic refunds
  • Donations

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