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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

Fundraising
CDS Vic gives charities and community groups the opportunity to raise funds while making an impact. 
Donating
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
Good Friday Appeal

CDS Vic partnered up with Good Friday Appeal. 

About us
Sorting eligible containers before returning

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About CDS Vic
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There are hundreds of refund points across Victoria

Anyone can participate

Zone Operators manage your refund payments.

Depending on the type of refund point you visit, vouchers, electronic payments, cash or donations will be available.

Each Zone Operator has a handy app for those who prefer electronic payments (EFT, PayPal, donations). These apps also feature useful information to make your refund experience as quick and easy as possible.

Please note the zone for your refund point when downloading the app (CDS Vic North, East or West), to ensure it is the right app, or follow the instructions at your refund point.

Reverse vending machines (RVMs)

How they work

Insert eligible drink containers into the machine, these are then scanned and verified. Please note you can leave lids on.

Refund types
Donation
Voucher
Electronic payment

Depots

How they work

Walk-in or drive-through to get your drink containers counted and refunded on the spot. Best for large loads. 

Refund types
Donation
Electronic payment
Cash

Over-the-counter (OTC)

How they work

In some areas small businesses or organisations provide an over-the-counter service.

Refund types
Donation
Electronic payment
Voucher

Pop-up

How they work

Zone Operators may offer pop-up services or events. They will have a set time and location that you can visit to return your drink containers.

Refund types
Donation
Electronic payment
Cash
Three Zone Operators

CDS Vic is made up of 3 zones, North, East and West.

Each zone is managed by one of our Zone Operators who manage payments and refunds in their zone. 

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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