Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme joins forces with Good Friday Appeal

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Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme joins forces with Good Friday Appeal

Credit: Good Friday Appeal
Words by Staff Writer

You can donate to the Good Friday Appeal by returning your containers and donating the 10 cent refund for every eligible can, carton and bottle.

Victoria’s newly established Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is teaming up with the Good Friday Appeal, offering Victorians a simple way to contribute to a worthy cause this Easter.

In a landmark move, the annual Royal Children’s Hospital fundraiser becomes the first statewide donation partner for the CDS, enjoying prominent placement on over 145 reverse vending machines and receiving promotional support across more than 50 depots throughout the state.

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This collaboration aims to streamline the process for Victorians statewide to contribute to the Good Friday Appeal simply by returning their containers for a 10-cent refund until 30 April.

In the lead-up to Easter, the Good Friday Appeal community, comprising Regional Area Managers, CFA personnel, volunteers, schools, businesses, and families, will also actively collect containers to contribute as refund donations.

The CDS Vic views this partnership with the Good Friday Appeal as a trial run for a statewide donation partner model. The results of this initiative will be assessed to determine whether a permanent adoption of this model could be beneficial in supporting Victorian charities and community groups in their fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Over 2,000 donation partners have already registered with CDS Vic. Beyond Blue emerged as the top fundraiser during the scheme’s initial two months, amassing nearly $14,000.

Since its launch on 1 November, Victorians have embraced the CDS Vic enthusiastically, returning over 220 million containers and reclaiming more than $22 million in refunds in just three months.

Container refunds offer flexibility, allowing recipients to opt for electronic or cash refunds, retail vouchers, or donations to registered charities, local communities, sporting groups, or schools participating in the scheme.

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Minister for Environment, Steve Dimopoulos says, “Every year Victorians show their incredible generosity by donating to the Good Friday Appeal, and our new Container Deposit Scheme is a great new way to support this important fundraiser.”

“We are working hard to build Australia’s most successful, convenient and accessible container deposit scheme and as the scheme grows so does the number of donations to hardworking charities and community groups.”

Rebecca Cowan, the Executive Director of the Good Friday Appeal, expressed her delight at the partnership with the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme. She underscored the innate generosity of Victorians and emphasised how donating containers offers another avenue to support the community and contribute to the Good Friday Appeal’s mission of providing life-saving care to sick children at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

With this collaboration, Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme and the Good Friday Appeal are poised to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children in need, fostering a culture of generosity and community support throughout the state.

To find your nearest refund point, and for more information, visit