How CDL Works

Step 1


Wholesaler supplies to retailers. The 10 cent deposit and an agreed handling fee is included in the wholesale price of the beverage.

The deposit and handling fee is retained by the beverage filler or their agent who operates as the super collector. This is held until the deposit containers are returned to them to be recycled.


Step 2

Retailer (Hotels, Delicatessens, Supermarkets etc)

Supply consumers. The 10 cent deposit and handling fee is included in the retail price paid by the consumer for the beverage.


Step 3


Return deposit containers to collection depot for full refund of 10 cent deposit.


Step 4 

Collection Depot

Sort the containers by material  i.e. Glass, aluminium, PET, for return to the appropriate super collector.


Step 5

Super Collectors

In South Australia the Super Collectors are; 

Marine Stores Pty Ltd
Lion Nathan / SA Brewing, Coopers and CUB products

Statewide Recycling and Flagcan Distributors
Coca Cola, Schweppes, and companies marketing a wide range of boutique beers, spring waters etc. (cans, PET and non refillable glass containers)

Once containers are sorted, they are sent back to the super collector agent for the recycling of material and auditing.

Super Collectors pay the collection depot back the 10 cent deposits which they paid out to the consumer in step 3, plus an agreed handling fee.