Updates in response to COVID-19
Residential red and yellow bin collections are now starting from 5 am. There is currently no change to the start times of green bin collections which will remain as 7 am.
The ACT’s waste and recycling drop-off facilities are continuing to operate with the following changes:
- customers are asked to abide by physical distancing measures within facilities, including the Green Shed
- sites are no longer accepting cash payments
The Container Deposit Scheme is continuing to operate, however a number of express point return locations have been temporarily closed. Depots are continuing to provide cash payment options, however electronic refunds are also available. Please check www.actcds.com.au for the latest updates.
The ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) has now begun.
The industry-funded Scheme encourages recycling within the Canberra community and aims to reduce litter and waste to landfill.
Under the Scheme, consumers are able to return eligible, empty beverage containers and receive a 10 cent refund for each container. Residents are able to collect the refund themselves or donate it to charity.
Most containers commonly found in the litter stream including aluminium, glass, PET, HDPE, steel and liquid paperboard beverage containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres are eligible containers under the Scheme.
Containers not eligible for a refund are ones that aren’t commonly found in litter, including including all plain milk, flavoured milks 1L and above, pure juice drinks, wine and spirit bottles, cordials.
There are nine return points currently in operation, including seven express points in Vinnies and Salvos shop fronts. By July 2019 there will be 18 return points across Canberra.
For further information please visit the ACT CDS website.
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