Exciting news, Victorians! Victoria’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS Vic) is here, and at are-able Social Enterprises, we’re thrilled to be your go-to redemption site! Starting from November 1, 2023, not only can you contribute to a cleaner environment, but you can also earn a fantastic 10-cent reward for every eligible drink container you bring to us.

Here’s the scoop on what we offer:

  1. Collect: Gather up those eligible drink containers.
  2. Visit are-able: Come on down to our redemption site at are-able Social Enterprises.
  3. Earn 10 cents per container: Redeem your containers with us and receive a customer-focused 10 cents per container.

Refunds can be received through the CDS Vic West app via bank transfer or PayPal, or you have the option to make a charitable donation. The choice is yours!

Bulk processing

Visit us for faster processing of bulk eligible small and large containers using the CDS Vic West app.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

  • Empty is a must: Ensure your containers are empty.
  • Seal the lid: To facilitate the recycling process, it’s best to leave the lids on your containers.
  • No crushing, please: Avoid crushing your containers, as most refund points cannot accept crushed items.

For a hassle-free refund process, be sure to download the CDS Vic West app before visiting our Warrnambool depot. You can find the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Detailed instructions can be found here: https://mytomra.com.au/digital-payout/cds-vic-west-app

Frequently Asked Questions

The container deposit is located towards the rear of the site.

See the map below for directions.

Regrettably, we’re unable to accept items listed as ineligible on the cdsvic.org.au website. You’ll have to take those items back with you and dispose of them in your regular recycling bins through the Council collection.

The drink containers which are eligible for a refund are those that are most found as litter in our streets, beaches, waterways and parks across Victoria. They are the type of drink containers you might consume ‘on the go’ when you are outside, or away from home.

The containers that aren’t accepted contain products most used in the home, so are more appropriate for household kerbside recycling.

No. Just make sure that your containers are empty of liquid.

You don’t have to return bottles with lids, but if you do, please make sure they are attached, and not returned loose/on their own.

Yes, you can continue to put eligible containers in kerbside recycling. Kerbside recycling will continue to play a key role in Victoria’s recycling system and circular economy, particularly for containers that are typically consumed at home.

Contact information


(03) 5564 5200


11 Albert Street

Opening hours

8.30am – 3.30pm
8.00am – 4.00pm