Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Name of Program
Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Bill 2017
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
Beverages Covered

Beverages in the following containers that are ≥150mL or ≤3L [2]:

  • Cans (e.g. soft drinks)
  • Bottles (e.g. beer bottles)
  • Cartons (e.g. flavoured milk)
  • Juice boxes and poppers

Beverages Not Covered

  • Milk containers
  • Glass wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Pure juice containers over 1 litre
  • Cordial bottles
Deposit and Handling Fees


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. [3]

Unreclaimed Deposts Remains with the beverage industry
Program Success

2018-2019 [4]: 

  • Overall: 50.36%
  • Aluminum: 19.84%
  • Glass: 14.92%
  • HDPE: 1.03%
  • PET: 14.17%
  • Liquid paperboard: 0.38%
  • Other plastics/materials: 0.0%


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. [5]

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 19 collection points are "bag-drop" collection points, supermarkets, a community group, and charity stores. Curbside redemption is also eligible, with the 10-cent refund shared between the government and the Material Recovery Facility operator.


[1] Waste Management and Resource Recovery Amendment Bill 2017 (ACT).

[2] "Eligible Containers." ACT Container Deposit Scheme.

[3] "Scheme Payments and Contribution Methodology." Exchange for Change AU. 2016.

[4] 2018-19 ACT CDS Annual Statutory Report. Exchange for Change AU. 2019

[4] Personal communication from Alex Taylor, Director of Waste Regulation, Australian Capital Territory Government, 20 January 2020.


Last updated on 27 November 2020.

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ACT Container Deposit Scheme

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