Victorian Government launches Container Deposit Scheme

Published: 7 November 2023

Community members will be rewarded with a 10-cent refund for every eligible can, carton or bottle they return to designated collection points, with the Victorian Government’s Container Deposit Scheme.

Collection points can be found across Victoria, including the following Cardinia Shire locations:  

  • Emerald SES (277-287 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald) 
  • Cockatoo IGA (15 Fairbridge Ln, Cockatoo) 
  • Beaconsfield Upper Foodworks (7&8/4 St Georges Rd, Beaconsfield Upper) 
  • BP in Officer (65 Princess Freeway, Officer and 94 Princess Freeway, Officer) 
  • BP Pakenham Lakeside (Lot 1 Princes Highway, Pakenham)
  • Return It Depot (100 Bald Hill Rd, Pakenham) 
  • Nar Nar Goon Hotel (2 Nar Nar Goon Rd, Nar Nar Goon) 
  • Bunyip IGA (2/6 Main St, Bunyip) 
  • With more to come! 

Containers that can be returned include drink bottles, glass beer bottles, soft drinks and alcohol sold in cans, and small fruit juice cartons.  

All these items will be recycled into new products, reducing landfill and litter across the Shire. 

Returned containers need to be empty and in reasonably good condition (not crushed and labels intact). Keeping lids on also ensures every part of your container is recycled.  

10-cent refund options include cash, vouchers, donations, or electronic payment for items.  

The scheme also provides fundraising opportunities for charities, local businesses, community organisations, schools, and sporting groups.  

This will encourage more community participation and education around recycling while ensuring households, local clubs and groups can share in the cash benefits of recycling their used cans, bottles, and cartons. 

Cardinia Shire Mayor, Councillor Tammy Radford is excited for the environmental and economic benefits of the scheme and encourages the community to get involved. 

“This scheme is a great way for children to earn some pocket money and for local sporting clubs to fundraise.” 

“By returning containers, the community contributes to creating a cleaner and greener Cardinia Shire and earns money doing so.” 

For more information, to host a refund collection point or become a donation partner go to    

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