Unlocking the Secrets of the Victorian CDS Scheme: Eligible Containers


The Victorian Container Deposit Scheme, often referred to as the VIC CDS, is a ground-breaking initiative aimed at reducing litter and promoting recycling in the state of Victoria, Australia. Central to the success of this program is a clear understanding of which containers are eligible for the scheme. In this blog post, we will delve into the specifics of the Victorian CDS Scheme, focusing on the types of containers that are eligible for deposit refunds.

What is the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme?

The Victorian Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is a state-wide program designed to encourage recycling by providing a financial incentive for consumers to return eligible beverage containers for recycling. The program was introduced to address the issue of littering, reduce waste, and promote responsible environmental practices across Victoria.

Eligible Containers

To participate in the Victorian CDS and claim a refund, it’s essential to know which containers are considered eligible. Here’s a list of the key categories of containers that are part of the scheme:

  1. Aluminium Cans: This includes beverage cans typically used for soft drinks, energy drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
  2. Glass Bottles: Glass containers, such as those used for soft drinks, juice drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, are eligible for the scheme. (Note – Wine & Spirit, Cordial or Syrup Containers are not eligible for the scheme.)
  3. Plastic Bottles: The Victorian CDS includes various types of plastic containers, including PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) bottles used for water, soft drinks, and other beverages. (Note – Containers 1 litre or greater that contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water are not eligible for the Scheme)
  4. Liquid Paperboard Cartons: Some beverage cartons made from liquid paperboard, commonly used for flavoured milk, juice, and other drinks, are also eligible for the scheme.

It’s important to note that eligible containers should be empty, unbroken, and free from foreign materials. Additionally, they must be part of the Vic CDS, indicated by a refund mark.

Containers Not Eligible for the Victorian CDS

While the Victorian CDS covers a wide range of beverage containers, certain types are not eligible for deposit refunds. Containers that do not carry a refund mark, such as those for wine and spirits are not part of the scheme.

  1. Plain milk: Plain milk containers of all sizes, including plant-based milk substitutes.
  2.  Cordial or syrup containers: Concentrated or undiluted cordial or syrup containers
  3. Wine and spirits: Wine or pure spirits bottles made of glass, including single serve formats.
  4. Large beverage pouches: Sachets (soft plastic or foil) above 250mL that contained wine.
  5. Some large containers including juice and flavoured milk: Containers 1 litre or greater that contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water.
  6. Health tonics and probiotics: Registered health tonics, including small probiotic shots less than 150mL.
  7. Cartons under 150mL: No container under 150ml can be redeemed.
  8. Other Containers such as dishwashing liquid containers, laundry detergent containers and cigarette packets

CDS VIC Eligible Container Search

If in doubt you can check if your container is eligible using the VIC CDS eligible container search. You can access the search function here.


The Victorian Container Deposit Scheme plays a vital role in promoting responsible waste management and recycling practices in Victoria. Understanding which containers are eligible for deposit refunds is crucial to participating in the program effectively. By familiarising yourself with the types of containers that qualify for the scheme, you can not only contribute to a cleaner environment but also earn some extra cash in the process. So, the next time you enjoy a beverage in Victoria, remember to check for the refund mark, and do your part in making a positive impact on the environment through the Victorian CDS.


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