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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! 
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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. 
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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. 
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Making containers count at the 2024 Grand Prix™

April 2024

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CDS Vic is proud to have played a key sustainability role at the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2024

This year saw record numbers visit the Grand Prix™ over the four days - nearly 500,000 people! Attendees were able to recycle their "on-the-go” drink containers in dedicated CDS Vic bins – the first time this has been available at a major event in Victoria.

During the Grand Prix™, CDS Vic and Return-It hosted a stand in the Innovation Hub. We welcomed nearly 900 visitors, who had fun testing their recycling knowledge in interactive sorting games, learning about plastics recycling and exploring a reverse vending machine.​

Many of the school kids who visited the stand shared how they are already using CDS Vic to make extra pocket money - we were delighted to hear that so many young entrepreneurs are turning their empty drink containers into cash! There was also enthusiastic participation in our 'recycling rally' where contestants were challenged to separate CDS Vic eligible containers from mixed kerbside recycling. 

Jim Round, Chief Executive Officer of VicReturn which operates CDS Vic, said, "Having a presence at large events like the Grand Prix™ helps us to raise public awareness about the importance of recycling and to educate people about Victoria's Container Deposit Scheme. 

"The event also provided us with a fantastic opportunity to donate used drink containers to our statewide donation partner, the Good Friday Appeal.

"We absolutely loved having so many people come by our stand to say hi and we thank everyone who generously donated their containers or refunds!"

"Having a presence at large events like the Grand Prix help us to raise public awareness about the importance of recycling."

Jim Round - Chief Executive Officer, VicReturn