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
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Sorting eligible containers before returning

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Make positive change by fundraising and recycling at the same time

CDS Vic gives charities and community groups the opportunity to raise funds while making an impact. Once you are fully set up, you can engage your supporters to donate their refunds or containers – and help you to reach your fundraising goals.

Charities, organisations and community groups

Organisations interested in fundraising will first need to register with CDS Vic to obtain a Donation Partner ID. This verifies your organisation as a registered entity in Victoria.

Donation Partner Registration is open.

To receive payments, organisations will also need to activate their Donation Partner ID with each relevant zone operator.

To register, follow these steps:

Step 1
Register with CDS Vic

Obtain your Donation Partner ID by completing our registration form. You will require a valid ABN.

If you are not registered with an ABN, you may need to provide a statutory declaration.

Step 2
Activate your Donation Partner ID

Zone operators manage refund payments, so you need to activate your Donation Partner ID with your local zone operator. Statewide organisations may wish to activate with all three zone operators.

About zone operators
Step 3
Share your cause

At the refund point, your supporters can choose to donate their refund to your organisation by using your unique Donation Partner ID, barcode, or through the app.

Visit FAQs for donation partners
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Raising money for something you really want? Here’s how you can earn money and help the environment at the same time. There are two easy ways to participate:


Collect eligible drink containers from your community, family and friends. Become a regular at your refund point!


Register with your relevant zone operator(s) and share your details. Through the app, you will also be able to track your progress against your goal.

Ways to fundraise

Become a drink container collector

Your supporters can donate their eligible drink containers directly by dropping them off to you.


Spread the word

If you’re a registered donation partner, encourage your supporters to donate their refunds to you and your cause at their refund point.

Work together

Partner with your local zone operator to see if they can help you to boost your fundraising efforts.

Check your local zone operator

Get the tools to help fundraise for your cause