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

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What can I return?

Most aluminium, glass, plastic and liquid paperboard (carton) drink containers between 150mL and 3 litres are eligible. You can keep the lids on, we recycle them too.

Check for the 10c mark

Look for the 10c mark on the drink container label. It is often located near the barcode.


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A few handy tips

You shouldn't crush your containers.

We recommend you don’t crush containers, as most refund points can't accept them if containers have been crushed.

Lids can be left on

They will become part of the circular economy too and will be made into new products.

What can't be returned?

There are some drink containers that are not eligible for a refund. Generally excluded containers are those that are less than 150mL and greater than 3 litres. Many of these containers can still be recycled in your kerbside bins.

Plain milk

Plain milk containers of all sizes, including plant-based milk substitutes.

Cordial or syrup containers

Concentrated or undiluted cordial or syrup containers.

Wine and spirits

Wine or pure spirits bottles made of glass, including single serve formats.

Large beverage pouches

Sachets (soft plastic or foil) above 250mL that contained wine.

Some large containers including juice and flavoured milk

Containers 1 litre or greater that contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water.

Health tonics and probiotics

Registered health tonics, including small probiotic shots less than 150mL.

Cartons under 150mL

No container under 150ml can be redeemed.

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