Eligible containers - good to go!
Eligible drink containers are those that are commonly found in the litter stream and are smaller, more portable containers.
Check the label for the ‘10c’ refund mark to see whether a container is eligible and can be returned through the ACT Container Deposit Scheme (ACT CDS).*
Cartons (flavoured milk or juice boxes)
Cans (aluminium or steel)
Bottles (glass or plastic)
Most containers between 150ml and 3 litres are accepted and can be redeemed for the 10c refund.
*Disclaimer: Certain containers with the ‘10c’ symbol on the label, such as Yakult bottles, are not eligible through the ACT CDS. They carry the ‘10c’ symbol because they are eligible for a refund in another state or territory.
Acceptable container condition
Ineligible containers – not refundable
Ineligible drink containers are larger containers typically consumed at home and are not commonly found as litter, so they are not eligible to be returned through the ACT CDS.
Plain milk bottles or cartons
Glass wine bottles
Glass spirit bottles
Pure juice containers over 1 litre (comprising of at least 90% pure juice)
Please dispose of these containers in your household recycling bin.
Container eligibility checker
The container database is maintained by the NSW Government Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Both ACT and NSW container deposit schemes share the same database of registered containers.