Due to being at capacity we will be closed until Friday 15 December

Victoria now has its own Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), that rewards Victorians with a 10-cent refund for every eligible can, carton and bottle they return. 

Bendigo Foodshare has signed up as one of the approved collection point operators across Victoria helping us to raise funds for our charity.

The Container Deposit Scheme is an initiative of the Victorian Government and delivered by Visy.  For more information visit cdsvic.org.au/ 

How it works

Collect – Check bottles and cans have a 10c refund symbol and barcode intact.

Recycle – Drop off your containers to us, please see opening hours below.

Earn – You get paid 10c for every eligible container (and we also earn 6.7c for each container donated) – or you can choose to donate the full 16.7c to Bendigo Foodshare. 

Operating hours

We will be accepting containers at our warehouse located at 2/43A Havilah Road, Long Gully, 3550

Friday – 4-6pm

Saturday and Sunday  – 1-5pm

How do the refunds work? 

First thing you need to know is we will not be offering cash refunds. However, you can choose to receive your refunds into your bank account, or receive a Coles evoucher, or donate your refund to a registered charity (including Bendigo Foodshare). 

To receive a refund you need to first obtain a zone ID, to do this you will need to download the ‘CDS Vic North’ app onto your device from the App Store or Google Play or visit www.visy.com.au/cds-vic-north-app for all the links. 

CDS Vic North, powered by Visy, simplifies your refund experience through their app. The app also allows you to manage your account, explore donation options, and review your transaction history.

We can help you download/sign up on the day, just please be aware you will need to bring your own mobile phone or device.

The app

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play or visit www.visy.com.au/cds-vic-north-app for all the links. 

Eligible/ineligible containers

Which containers are eligible for a refund?

To check if a container qualifies for a refund, look for the ’10c’ mark on it.

Drink containers ranging from 150ml to 3 litres are eligible for a 10-cent refund if they’re made from:

  • Glass
  • PET clear/coloured
  • Aluminium cans
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (small juice boxes or flavoured milk containers).
  • HDPE

Containers must be in good shape.

Containers cannot be crushed, or damaged, and the label or barcode should still be intact.

Which containers are ineligible for a refund?

Any container outside the 150ml-3L range probably can’t be returned. Non-beverage containers such as shampoo and detergent bottles, and things like wine, plain milk cartons and cordial bottles cannot be returned. These include:

  • Plain milk containers
  • Cordial, syrup, concentrated fruit, or vegetable juice bottles
  • Glass containers that contained wine or pure spirits
  • Large containers (1 litre or more) that contained flavoured milk, pure juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Registered health tonics
  • Highly contaminated aluminium such as pet food, tuna tins, or alfoil trays.