Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the CDS team is not able to accept and process hard copy application forms during this time.
Online application for beverage container approval
Online application for collection depot approval
If you are unable to pay via credit card, please contact the CDS Team to make alternative arrangements.
If you are unable to use the online application forms, please request for a copy of the form to scan and email from the CDS Team.
- Container deposit legislation – a South Australian environmental success story
- CDL Awareness and Support Research Report (2012). The research improves upon the excellent results of previous surveys and now reveals consumer support of 98% for container refunds in SA
- Community awareness and acceptance of Container Deposit Legislation 2004. The survey showed that 97% of South Australians believe CDL is good for the environment.
- The public report, Container deposit legislation: Economic and environmental impact, reviewed the economic and environmental impacts of the beverage provisions of the Environment Protection Regulations 2009 in South Australia.
Northern Territory container deposit scheme
The Northern Territory’s Container Deposit Scheme called Cash For Containers was established under the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags), and commenced 3 January 2012. It has proven very popular with the NT community.
Unlike other Australian state based schemes, the NT scope of containers and governance model aligns with South Australia’s scheme.
The NT legislation requires an evaluation of the operation of the CDS at f5-yearly intervals after the commencement of the CDS. Results of the 2018 review
New South Wales container deposit scheme
In February 2015, the New South Wales Government announced its commitment to introduce a cost-effective container deposit scheme (CDS). On 8 May 2016 after extensive community and industry consultation it confirmed a CDS would commence in NSW.
The scheme started on 1 December 2017. Most beverage containers between 150 ml and 3 litres are able to be returned for a 10-cent refund.
For more information visit the NSW EPA website and media release
Queensland container refund scheme
Following a feasibility investigation, the Queensland Government commenced a container refund scheme on 1 November 2018, to tackle litter and plastic pollution and improve recycling.
For more information go to the QLD EPA website.
ACT container deposit scheme
The ACT container deposit scheme (CDS) commenced 30 June 2018. Consumers are now able to return eligible beverage containers to designated drop-off points and receive a 10 cent refund for each container.
For more information go to ACT CDS.
WA container deposit scheme
The Western Australian Container Deposit Scheme commenced 1 October 2020. The Scheme Coordinator is Western Australia Return Recycle Renew (WARRRL) and the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulations 2019 have been gazetted.
General Recycling Information
Green Industries SA
Recycling Near You
KESAB (Keep South Australia Beautiful)
Recyclers of South Australia (RSA)
Bottlebill Resource Guide
Container Recycling Institute
Wikipedia: container deposit legislation, Bottle Bill