Victoria’s container deposit scheme - Have Your Say

Published on 17 November 2020

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The Victorian Government is introducing a container deposit scheme (CDS) in 2023 to increase beverage container recycling and reduce litter in Victoria. Under the scheme when empty beverage containers such as small plastic and glass bottles or aluminum cans are returned to a refund collection point, a cash refund will be provided for each container returned.

All Victorian's are invited to have their say on the proposed design of Victoria's CDS and how it should operate. Key design choices such as how a deposit is received, the types of eligible containers and refund collection infrastructure will influence how the CDS will operate. This is your opportunity to have a say so that the scheme best suits your needs.

You can watch a short animated video here about how a CDS works before completing a short survey about your preferences for using a CDS. The survey should take less than 5 minutes.

Click here to take the short survey.

Do you want a deeper understanding of a CDS and the proposal? Are you interested in the details of scheme design? You can click here to read the discussion paper which gives a comprehensive overview of the purpose of a CDS, how a CDS works, the objectives of Victoria's proposed CDS, governance arrangements and includes case studies. It is recommended that you read this paper if you would like to complete the long survey which includes questions on the scheme structure in addition to questions on community preferences for using a CDS. The paper will take approximately 40 minutes to read and the long survey up to 15 minutes to complete. 

Both survey's close on Monday 30 November 2020.

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