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In February 2020,  the Victorian Government announced the planned implementation of a container deposit scheme in tandem with a curbside recycling reform, which standardizes waste and recycling services across the state. [1] This announcement was preceded by an inquiry into the feasibility of such a scheme the previous year. [2]

On 27 October 2021, Victoria passed the Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Bill, which sets up a container refund scheme. [3] The scheme will be rolled out in 2023. Victoria would be the last Australian state to implement a container deposit scheme.

A previous scheme was implemented in the 1980s before being scrapped. [4]

The government opened public consultation into the scheme on 2 November 2020, closing on 30 November 2020. Eligible and ineligible containers are expected to line up with other existing Australian schemes. The refund amount is projected to be 10 cents for eligible containers. [5]


[1] "Victoria to introduce container deposit scheme as part of recycling industry overhaul." ABC News Australia. 23 February 2020.

[2] "Inquiry into recycling and management: final report." Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee. November 2019.

[3]"MWRRG welcomes new Circular Economy Bill and Recycling Victoria." 26 November 2021.

[4] "Cash-for-cans scheme now a certainty in Victoria." Preiss, Benjamin. The Age.  9 February 2020.

[5] "Victorian Container Deposit Scheme: Discussion Paper." The State of Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. October 2020.


Last updated on 12 December 2021.

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