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Media Release: Five more locations to get on board with the ACT Container Deposit Scheme

July 25, 2019

The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) now has five new express return pods operating, bringing the total number of return points across the ACT to 21 and providing Canberrans with even more convenient locations to return containers.

Member for Yerrabi Suzanne Orr, on behalf of the Minister for City Services Chris Steel, said a recent trial of a shipping container ‘pod’ style model at the Gungahlin Recycling Drop Off Centre (RDOC) had proven successful.

“It’s great to see Gungahlin residents using the CDS with up to 15,000 containers per week dropped off at the pod at the RDOC in O’Brien Place.

“We want to make the CDS more accessible and encourage more people to deposit containers so we have introduced five more pod locations in Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and Belconnen.

The five new pods are located at:

  • Charnwood Shops
  • Hawker Shops
  • Tuggeranong Recycling Drop Off Centre
  • Kambah playing fields
  • Amaroo playing fields

“The pods are open 7.00am to 7.00pm seven days a week, so residents can return containers during the day, before or after work and on the weekend,” Ms Orr said.

More than 28 million containers have been returned to the ACT CDS since commencing on 30 June 2018. Under the scheme, residents can return eligible cans and bottles and receive ten cents for each.

There are three options for Canberrans to receive the refund – cash, electronic refund or donating to charity.

People receive electronic refunds or donate to charity at all 21 return points. To receive an electronic refund people will need to create an online account. The three depots located in Fyshwick, Mitchell and Phillip also have the additional option of an instant cash refund.

For more information, including container eligibility, how and where to return, and to create an account, visit


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