Collect containers and protect nature

CDS Vic is a state-wide recycling program that keeps waste out of nature and contributes donations to charities and community groups.

Every eligible drink container can earn 10 cents towards VNPA’s work protecting nature! 

Download VNPA barcode

How to participate 

Collect eligible containers at your home, school, workplace or club. Be a clean-up champ and collect discarded containers in your neighbourhood, local parks or in nature. 

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, and liquid paperboard (carton) drink containers between 150mL and three litres are eligible for a 10 cent refund.

This includes plastic soft drink bottles, glass beer bottles, soft drinks and alcohol sold in cans, and small fruit juice cartons. 

Find a refund point near you 

There are hundreds of refund points across Victoria. They include: 

  • Reverse vending machines: insert containers into machine to be scanned and verified (lids encouraged). Best if have under 200 items.
  • Depots: walk-in or drive through to get your containers counted and refunded on the spot. Best for large loads. 
  • Over-the-counter: some small businesses or organisations provide an over-the-counter service

There are three zone operators across Victoria: 

  • North Zone – operated by Visy .
  • East Zone – operated by Return-It 
  • West Zone – operated by TOMRA Cleanaway. 

VNPA is registered as a charity partner with all three operators. 

Find your nearest refund point by using the interactive map.

The quick and easy return

  1.  Search Container Deposit Scheme Victoria from the Apple Store or Google Play, choose one (or more) of the three operator apps (CDS Vic West, CDS Vic East & CDS Vic North) and register.
  2. Download the app for the machine’s zone operator. .
  3. Search Victorian National Parks Association under “Charities” and press ‘Set as Payout’.

At the machine

  1. Insert your eligible bottles or cans. 
  2. Enter Donation partner ID or Scan the app barcode. 
  3. Press CONTINUE to confirm your donation.   

Boom! 100% of the refunds will be donated to us.  Thanks for your support! 

Get the support of local businesses 

Reach out to local businesses and ask your community to get involved (this is a great way to rescue containers and raise more funds).