Introducing Return and Earn

Right now, containers make up 44% of all litter in NSW and cost more than $162 million to manage. To tackle the issue, NSW’s Return and Earn container deposit scheme launches state-wide on
1 December 2017. Return and Earn aims to help meet the Premier’s goal of reducing the volume of litter in NSW by 40% by 2020.

    This site provides information for both suppliers and consumers about the scheme. Suppliers will find information here about what they need to do and how the CDS will affect them. If your company sells or supplies beverages in NSW, please review the information on this site to understand your obligations under Return and Earn.

      The NSW Container Deposit Scheme launches on 1 December 2017.     

Contact us

This site will be regularly updated as we progress through the establishment phase of Return and Earn but if you didn’t find the information you need from the links above, please send us an email via the form below.

What containers can be recycled for a refund?

Most empty 150ml to 3-litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund at an approved NSW collection point.

Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • PET
  • HDPE
  • Glass
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard

What containers can’t be recycled for a refund?

Return and Earn will begin by focusing on containers most commonly found as litter. Therefore some containers currently cannot be returned for a refund.

Containers that can’t be deposited for a refund include:

  • Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • Flavoured milk containers of 1 litre or more
  • Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of 1 litre or more
  • Glass containers for wine and spirits
  • Casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine or water of 1 litre or more
  • Sachets for wine of 250ml or more
  • Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics

Where can eligible containers be returned?

From 1 December 2017, collection points will open across NSW to receive eligible empty containers. We will provide the details of those collection points in the lead-up to the launch of the Container Deposit Scheme.

Collection Point information
coming soon