New container deposit machine open in Weston Creek

Weston Creek residents have a new convenient location to redeem their empty drink containers with the opening of an ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) reverse vending machine at Commons Court.

“The ACT welcomed its first Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) reverse vending machine just over a year ago at Erindale Shopping Centre. Hundreds of locals are using the self-service machine and have recycled more than 1 million eligible bottles and cans,” said Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel.

“We’re excited to launch a second reverse vending machine, located at Commons Court in Weston Creek, and it will be open from 7am to 7pm daily.”  

This gives residents another convenient option for recycling aluminium, glass, and plastic containers while going about their regular shopping.

“If you’re looking to use the new machine, you will need a Return-It Express account to get started, and the 10c refund per container will be transferred to you within a few business days,” said Minister Steel.

“The Weston Creek reverse vending machine is the 20th return point in the ACT, alongside cash-back depots, Drop and Go Pods and Drop and Go Points.

“Canberrans that use the CDS have already returned a staggering 217 million bottles and cans through the ACT CDS network of return points since the scheme launched in 2018.

“This has resulted in over $21.7 million in container refunds going back in people’s pockets and importantly contributed to a growing domestic circular economy, with the containers recycled into new products including new bottles and cans.

“Participation in the ACT CDS continues to grow, whether it’s to save for an important goal, to support a local charity or to help the environment.

“In December 2022, Canberrans achieved an outstanding new record of 367,745 containers returned in just one day. The new Weston Creek reverse vending machine gives Canberrans another way to make recycling easier.”  

The ACT CDS is a partnership between the ACT Government, scheme coordinator Exchange for Change and network operator Return-It.