72 million containers in two years – huge success for ACT Container Deposit Scheme

Exchange for Change

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (ACT CDS) has celebrated its second birthday with big wins for the environment, community and economy.

Over 72 million containers have been returned, generating more than $7.2 million in refunds to individuals and charities since 30 June 2018.

Canberrans have embraced the scheme with nearly half of all ACT residents already participating and the numbers continue to grow. Around 181 containers have been recycled per person in Canberra.

As well as helping the environment, and putting money into the pockets of Canberrans, local community groups such as Care Flight, RSPCA, and the National Zoo and Aquarium have also benefitted.

The National Zoo raised $17,000 to support wildlife charities by collecting and returning bottles and cans.

Danielle Smalley, CEO of Exchange for Change – the organisation coordinating the ACT CDS – said there was no doubt the ACT Container Deposit Scheme is having a positive impact.

“The ACT CDS means that beverage containers become so much more than waste – they generate value for the environment, community, and economy. Canberrans now see beverage containers as a valuable commodity and are recycling them in huge volumes.

“The Scheme contributes to litter reduction and delivers a clean stream of recyclable material for industry as part of a circular economy.

“I’m also thrilled to hear stories about people using the Container Deposit Scheme to teach their children and grandchildren about both helping the environment, and the value of earning and saving money.

“And of course, the Scheme contributes to charities, schools and sporting clubs in the ACT who are using it to raise much needed funds,”

“I am very proud of the achievements of the last two years and I look forward to seeing even more Canberrans making the ACT CDS a routine part of their lives.” Ms Smalley added.

Drink containers, such as aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles are eligible for recycling through the ACT CDS. Consumers receive a 10-cent refund for each eligible drink container they return via their nearest return point.

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