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We’ve created a better way to recycle containers that incentivises Australians and positively impacts our environment and the communities we live in – it’s called the Community (Producer Responsibility) Scheme.

By encouraging individuals, community groups, charities and sporting clubs, we can help create jobs (especially in regional areas), and support local economies

What makes a good CDS

Environmental Outcomes

Creating a genuine circular economy that sees more recycling, less litter and less landfill.

Convenience and Access

Providing fit-for-purpose refund points in accessible locations to make it as easy as possible for Victorians to participate.

A Role for Everyone

Everyone across the community should be able to take part and benefit. A Community (Producer Responsibility) Scheme means there’s a level playing field for everyone – community organisations, charities, waste operators, sporting clubs, small businesses, councils and the beverage industry.

Maximising Employment Opportunities

Creating as many jobs as possible, especially in regional areas, for Indigenous people and long-term unemployed (like in Western Australia)

Greatest Benefits for Community Organisations

Community organisations should be able to take part in the scheme directly, not be forced to sub-contract to a network operator.

Strong Economic Opportunities for Local Communities

A successful CDS should drive localised economic benefits for Victorian communities, especially regional areas.


A value-for-money scheme that ensures a lower cost per container.

Strong Governance

Scheme coordinators are responsible for working with the community to deliver the scheme, achieve scheme objectives, and are accountable to government.

Beverage Supplier Responsibility

Beverage producers have a responsibility with the products they make to be part of a circular economy. This is to ensure recycling is maximised and impact on litter and landfill is reduced.

Accessibility and variety is critical - consumers should be able to access refund points conveniently, and they should have a range of refund point types to choose from - for example: depots, ‘drop and go’ bag drops, pop-up points and reverse vending machines.

Under a Community (Producer Responsibility) Scheme Victorians stand to benefit the most

Under the Community (Producer Responsibility) Model, a Not-For-Profit Scheme Coordinator is appointed by the Government. It makes no profit, but incentivises all other participants to do so. It is accountable to government for increasing recycling, providing the most suitable refund points and ensuring ease of access.


Community organisations (including football clubs, charities, community groups) will benefit from up to $64m per year in new revenue, $607m over the first decade of operation


Small and medium sized businesses will stand to gain up to $88 million per annum


An estimated 1220 jobs will be created, compared with an estimate of only 445 if an alternative scheme is adopted

Most importantly, it means a level playing field so everyone can take part – community organisations, small businesses, large waste companies, the beverage industry.