During the 2019-20 financial year more than 75 million containers were saved from going to landfill across the ACT.

The recyclable products were largely collected through the Territory’s 21 Container Deposit Scheme drop-off points.

“This was a 22% increase in the number of containers that were returned through the network of collection points from the previous year, rather than being sent to the Hume Materials Recovery Facility (via household yellow bins) which received more than 30 million containers.” Minister for City Services, Chris Steel said.

An annual report into the program has revealed, since its introduction back in 2018, more than 148 million containers have been collected in total across the ACT.

Mr Steel said support for the scheme is at an all-time high.

“Canberrans are some of our nation’s greatest recyclers and this report confirms we continue to improve our recycling capability.

“The environment is also a big winner with one of the goals of the scheme to reduce litter.”

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Canberrans can earn 10 cents per container collected through the program, with the option of donating the funds to nominated charities.