Container Deposit Scheme For Victoria

An IPSOS Poll conducted in June 2018, on behalf of Boomerang ally, the Total Environment Centre, showed that 84% of Victorians support a Container Deposit Scheme. This polling fully reinforced the response that we saw in regional Victoria on our Big Bottle Tour in April 2018.

Even though Victoria is now the only state not committing to a scheme, the Victorian Government remains recalcitrant. They say that they are ‘monitoring and evaluating’ other schemes being introduced across Australia.

We’re not entirely sure what the Andrews Government is waiting to find out. The schemes already in place around Australia have been producing fantastic results, even from the earliest stages – just check out the other pages on this site detailing what’s happening in other states and territories. In the meantime, Victoria is still struggling to deal with an excessive volume of container litter finding its way into the environment – two thirds of plastic litter volume in Victoria is made up of beverage containers – and our kerbside recycling is in crisis. The arguments against CDS are dwindling, and the evidence is stacking up that the Government’s recalcitrance is having a detrimental impact.

The lack of market for the contaminated plastics being collected through the existing kerbside system is leading to stockpiling by recyclers unable to shift an ever-increasing quantity of unwanted plastic. The fires at the SKM sites across Victoria are a direct consequence of this stockpiling, with the Victorian EPA being forced to close four sites across the state due to non-compliance. This has subsequently left several local councils with no choice but to send their recyclables to landfill, resulting in environmentally poor outcomes combined with higher costs to councils which are forced to pay landfill levies for the disposal of recyclable materials.

But we see a huge opportunity in this crisis! Boomerang Alliance will continue the push, with the constantly growing support of the Victorian community and councils behind us.

We are forming alliances between councils, associations, businesses and volunteer groups to make more people aware of what they are missing out on. Whether it’s clean-ups with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association, Beach Patrol or Tangaroa Blue, or rallies on the steps of Parliament with Friends of the Earth, or representing those voices on the Victorian Environment Minister’s Plastic Pollution Reference Group, we will continue working to increase the profile of CDS.

But we need your help too…

You can send a letter to your local State Member of Parliament, letting them know that you want a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in Victoria – it’s easy! Just look up your MP on the Parliamentary website, List of all members.

Send them a personal letter or email telling them why you want Cash for Containers in Victoria.  What is your favourite benefit? eg cleaner streets? cleaner waterways? more recycling? income for charities? a way for your kids to earn pocket money and clean up Australia at the same time?

And/or you can sign our online letter to the Victorian Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio, then get your friends and family to do the same by sharing it on your social media feeds and letting them know about it across the dinner table or at your next barbeque. The more letters we can send, the clearer the message that the Victorian community wants CDS!



We went on a tour across regional Victoria in April 2018 with a 3m long Coke bottle in tow, calling for a 10 cents refundable deposit on bottles and cans. We were supported by allies and welcomed by councils, collected many signatures and empty containers, which we delivered to the Premier!

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Does your group, organisation or business support CDS and want to benefit from the funds created through the scheme? Victoria is the only state missing out - sign on today to endorse the Cash for Containers campaign in Victoria and help make Australia litter free.

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Sign the petition to Lily D'Ambrosio asking the Victorian government to adopt a world class container deposit scheme. Victoria is the ONLY state missing out on reduced litter, increased and improved recycling and millions of $'s of fundraising money each year. 

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This page was last updated on 25 March 2019