Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Name of Program
Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Bill 2016
Law Summary
"Objects of the bill are-

(a)   establish a cost effective container deposit scheme to assist the beverage   industry in reducing and dealing with waste generated by beverage product packaging; and

(b)    promote  the recovery,  reuse and recycling  of empty beverage containers." [1]

Date Implemented June 30, 2018
Containers Covered Containers 150ml-3L: aluminum, glass, HDPE, liquid paperboard, PET, steel
Beverages Not Covered

Wine; spirits; cordial and plain milk (or milk substitute) containers; flavored milk containers of ≥1L; pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of ≥1L; glass containers for wine and spirits; casks for wine or water ≥1L; sachets for wine of ≥250ml; containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices; registered health tonics. [2]

Deposit and Handling Fees

Deposit value: 0.10 AUD

Fees and Taxes 

Beverage suppliers pay EFC administrative costs, a "network fee" for the Network Operator, and a "Compliance fee", which change monthly. This is sent out in the EFC's  monthly Supplier Newsletters, found here.

Unreclaimed Deposts Remains with the beverage industry
Program Success 2018-2019: 50.4% (72 million containers) [3]


More Information

The ACT CDS operates as a ‘partnership’ between the Government and the beverage container industry:

  • The Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change, manages scheme finances and auditing.
  • The Network Operator, Re.Turn It, manages the network of collection points. There is currently only one Network Operator, although other operators are not precluded from the ACT CDS.
  • Government, manages compliance with the legislation along with instruments and documents made within the legislative framework. [4]

The collection network is predominantly manual depot-based, with a government preference for ‘face-to-face’ drop off facilities, replicating the South Australian scheme, as well as charity sector shop drop offs and other social enterprise involvement. There are currently 21 collection points, with three being depots with cash refunds for consumers. Two of these depots have automated counting. The other 18 collection points are "bag-drop" collection points, supermarkets, a community group, and charity stores. Kerbside redemption is also eligible, with the 10-cent refund shared between the government and the Material Recovery Facility operator.




3.  2018-19 ACT CDS Annual Statutory Report

3. Personal communication from Alex Taylor, Director of Waste Regulation, Australian Capital Territory Government, 1/20/2020.