Make a return
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Make a return

How to make a return
CDS Vic provides a 10 cent refund for every eligible drink container returned at refund points across Victoria. Every bottle, can and carton you return helps 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
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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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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. See the steps below to start fundraising. 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. 


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


Our Donation Partner register is now open, and there is no closing date for registering.

To register, follow these steps:

Step 1

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You can 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.
Sign up as a donation partner

Step 2

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Zone Operators manage refund payments, so you will need to activate your Donation Partner ID with your local Zone Operator. State-wide organisations may wish to activate with all three Zone Operators. We will provide you with information and links to make this easy.

Step 3

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At the refund point, your supporters will be able to choose to donate their refund to your organisation through a Zone Operator app, or by using your unique barcode/Donation Partner ID.
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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. You will soon become a regular at your refund point.


Register with your relevant Zone Operator(s) and share your details with your community, family and friends. Through the app for each zone you will be able to track your progress. 

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 your organisation at their refund point.


Work together 

Partner with your local Zone Operator to see if they can help you to boost your fundraising efforts.

Find your local Zone Operator