Drink container scheme a huge success

7th August 2020 | Eativity editors

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (ACT CDS) has celebrated its second birthday with big wins for the environment, community groups and the economy. Over 72 million drink containers have been returned, generating more than $7.2 million in refunds for individuals, schools, clubs and charities since June 2018.

Canberrans have certainly embraced the scheme, with nearly half of all ACT residents already participating, and these numbers are continuing to grow. Currently, around 181 containers have been recycled per person in Canberra.

As well as helping the environment and putting money into the pockets of consumers, local community groups such as Care Flight, RSPCA and the National Zoo and Aquarium have also benefitted from the scheme. The National Zoo raised $17,000 to support wildlife charities by collecting and returning bottles and cans.

Millions of bottles and cans have been returned, helping to raise funds for charities.

Danielle Smalley, CEO of Exchange for Change – the organisation coordinating the container deposit program – said there was no doubt the scheme is having a positive impact.

“The ACT CDS means that beverage containers become so much more than waste – they generate value for the environment, community and economy. Canberrans now see beverage containers as a valuable commodity and are recycling them in huge volumes.

“The scheme contributes to litter reduction and delivers a clean stream of recyclable material for industry as part of a circular economy. I’m also thrilled to hear stories about people using the Container Deposit Scheme to teach their children and grandchildren about both helping the environment and the value of earning and saving money.”

So much more than waste: the scheme is benefitting both the environment and the community.

The scheme also contributes to charities, schools and sporting clubs in the ACT who are using it to raise much-needed funds. Drink containers, such as aluminium cans and plastic and glass bottles are eligible for recycling through the ACT CDS. Consumers receive a 10-cent refund for each eligible drink container they return via their nearest return point.

If you’re in the ACT and want to find out how to take part, head to actcds.com.au