Make a return

Make a return

How to make a return
CDS Vic will provide a 10 cent refund for every eligible drink container returned from 1 November.    Every bottle, can and carton you return helps to divert valuable containers from landfill. 
Eligible containers
Most aluminium, glass, plastic and liquid paperboard (carton) drink containers between 150mL and 3 litres are eligible. Keep the lids on, we recycle them too! 
Refund point types

There are hundreds of refund points across Victoria, so look out for your local. By August 2024 the network will grow to more than 600 refund points.

Donation & other refund types
There are multiple ways to receive your 10 cent refund. You can either keep your refund, or support your favourite cause with a donation. 
Get involved

Get involved

CDS Vic gives charities and community groups the opportunity to raise funds while making an impact. 
Your eligible containers can help others. Donate your valuable container refunds at your nearest refund point. 
Beverage industry partners
Find out more about participating in Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme
About us
Sorting eligible containers before returning

About us

About CDS Vic
CDS Vic is part of Victoria’s goal to be a leader in the creation of a stronger circular economy.
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Building a stronger circular economy

CDS Vic is part of the Victorian Government's $515 million investment to transform the state's waste and recycling sector. Funded by contributions from the beverage industry, the scheme will contribute to Victoria's target of diverting 80% of all material away from landfill by 2030 and represents a significant milestone in our journey towards a circular economy.

Victorians use more than 3 billion drink containers every year. Sadly, many are not recycled, ending up in landfill and as litter in local communities across our state.

CDS Vic aims to:
  • Increase recycling and reduce litter, cleaning up our environment
  • Be convenient and accessible with many types and locations of refund points across Victoria
  • Bring new jobs and economic opportunities for individuals, charity and community groups

Who makes it happen


CDS Vic is managed by the scheme coordinator VicReturn, a not-for-profit organisation, that is funded by the beverage industry. VicReturn is responsible for financial operations, auditing, managing the risk of fraud and educating the community.

Zone Operators

CDS Vic is a state-wide initiative designed to make it easy for all Victorians to participate - that's why we partner with our three Zone Operators who deliver the refund points in your local area. Our Zone Operators - Visy, Return-It and TOMRA Cleanaway - also manage refunds to customers and donation partners and ensure the proper recycling of containers.

Victoria State Government

The Victorian Government regulates the scheme to ensure efficient operation.

Zone Operators


How it works:

CDS Vic aims to be the most accessible container deposit scheme in Australia, rolling out hundreds of refund points across our state. Our 3 dedicated Zone Operators make this possible, with each operating 1 zone.

Within those zones, Zone Operators are responsible for establishing and maintaining their network of refund collection points.

Zone Operators are also responsible for:

Payments and refunds

Electronic payments and apps

Refund point operations and equipment

Enquiries relating to specific refund points

CDS Vic encompasses three zones: the North, East, and West zones.

For more information about each of our Zone Operators you can visit their websites by clicking the links below.

North Zone
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East Zone
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West Zone
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Want to know more?

General enquiries

If you'd like more information about CDS Vic, please contact us

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