So, what is a container deposit scheme?

Cash for containers programs are amazing! Known officially as container deposit schemes—or CDS for short—the programs reward you for every eligible bottle, can and container you return. Bottlers are required to pay a 10-cent refund for every eligible container that is recycled and it’s our job to pass that on to you. Not bad, huh? Container deposit schemes are currently operating in New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia with Queensland and other states set to follow soon.

What can be recycled?

If there’s a container deposit scheme in place in your state, you can return your bottles, cans and containers to an Envirobank depot or reverse vending machine to claim your reward or refund. Most empty 150-millilitre to 3-litre beverage containers are eligible for the refund. That means aluminium cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles, and even some liquid paperboard drink cartons.

Cash for containers in my state.

At the moment, there are container deposit schemes in place in New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia.

The ACT is set to establish a container deposit scheme in early 2018 while Queensland is expected to follow in mid-2018. The scheme in Western Australia is scheduled to commence on 1 January 2019.

How to support cash for containers.

If you live in a state with a container deposit scheme, the best way to support it is to use it. You’ll bank some great rewards and send a clear message to the government that recycling is important. If you live in Victoria or Tasmania, the only two states with no current plans for a container deposit scheme, you should lobby your local councillor and state MP. After all, why should you miss out while the rest of the country benefits?