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CDS Vic How it works

Make your return count

Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme, known as CDS Vic, is rewarding Victorians with a 10-cent refund for every eligible can, carton and bottle returned at refund points across Victoria. 

As the operator for the North Zone, Visy is providing accessible and convenient ways for you to return your containers across the Loddon, Mallee and Hume regions, as well as the inner north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Not only that, but we are responsible for ensuring your valuable containers are diverted from landfill and recycled into something new. 

Container eligibility

Eligible containers

Eligible containers

Most small portable beverage containers between 150mL and 3L. Check for the 10c mark on the drink container label.

  • Aluminium cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Glass bottles
  • Paperboard cartons (under 1L)
  • Steel bottles/cans 

Your containers should be uncrushed and lids can be kept on.

Ineligible containers

Ineligible containers

  • Wine and spirit bottles
  • Milk containers
  • Paper cartons (over 1L)
  • Cordial bottles

Don't throw these out! Ineligible containers may still be accepted in your kerbside recycling bin. 

Refund payment types – get your refund your way

There are various ways to receive your 10-cent refund. Pocket it, bank it, or give it to your favourite charity – the choice is yours. 

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Paper Vouchers & eVouchers

Vouchers or eVouchers through the CDS Vic North app will be generated instantly and can be redeemed at participating stores such as your local supermarket. These can be used towards your purchase, or they can often be exchanged for cash in-store. No personal details are required.

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Electronic Payment

Download the CDS Vic North app, available on both iOS and Android devices, to receive electronic payments via EFT or PayID.

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Our depots and over-the-counter refund points will be able to offer your refund in cash after they count your eligible drink containers on the spot. 

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Use the CDS Vic North app to find a registered charity or community organisation to support at your local refund point. Registered donation partners can also share their Donation Partner ID or barcode with you directly.

Refund point types

Visy has partnered with local councils, businesses and organisations to install and operate refund points across the North Zone of Victoria. Choose the refund point that best suit you.

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Reverse vending machines (RVMs)

Self-service automated return and refund points, operating from 7am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

Simply insert all your eligible cans, cartons, glass or plastic bottles into one machine and they will be automatically counted, and your refund processed.

Refund Payment types:

  • Paper & eVoucher
  • Donation
  • Electronic payment (EFT or PayID) 
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Over-the-counter (OTC)

Over-the-counter refund points include small businesses, community organisations, charities and sporting clubs.

OTC refund point operators will count and sort your containers manually and process your payment.

Refund Payment types:

  • Cash
  • eVoucher
  • Donation
  • Electronic Payment (EFT of PayID)
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Staffed bulk container return centres, able to process larger quantities of your eligible cans, cartons, glass or plastic bottles. 

Refund Payment types:

  • Cash
  • eVoucher
  • Donation
  • Electronic Payment (EFT or PayID)