Drinks suppliers are an integral part of Return and Earn. Suppliers of eligible drink containers in NSW make a financial contribution to Return and Earn, in proportion to their market share in the state.
Steps to becoming a supplier
If you’re new to Return and Earn you’ll need to complete the following steps:
- Check (.pdf, 117kb) whether you qualify as a drinks supplier under the Return and Earn supplier guidelines.
- Register your drinks containers.
- Sign-up to become a Return and Earn supplier.
Use the forms below to sign-up as a Return and Earn supplier or exporter.
You’ll find the following documents and links handy when registering to be a supplier:
Check your supplier eligibility (.pdf, 117kb)
Supplier signup overview (.pdf, 98kb)
Supplier agreements summary (.pdf, 634kb)
Media release: Return and Earn scheme costs (.pdf, 478kb)
Finance: Scheme Costs (.pdf, 1mb)
Finance: Invoicing Explanation (.pdf, 50kb)
Finance: True up and Invoicing explained (.pdf, 342kb)
Return point side deed (pdf, 342kb)
Exporting businesses can now claim a rebate for containers that are eligible for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme, purchased in NSW and exported outside NSW to be sold in other states or overseas.
Exporters can only claim the rebate for containers that are already part of the NSW Container Deposit Scheme. To do this, businesses need to enter into an export arrangement with the Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change, by:
- Reading the fact-sheet (.pdf, 167KB) that summarises the steps required to claim the rebate on eligible drink containers exported out of NSW;
- Registering as an exporter by completing the sign-up form;
- Signing an Exporter Deed Poll (.pdf, 145KB) and adhering to the guidance set out in the Container Export Protocol (.pdf, 998KB).
For more information about the Export Process you can phone Exchange for Change on 1800 290 691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplier news and toolkit
You can find our supplier announcements, newsletters and more in our news section.
To support awareness and understanding of the scheme, we’ve created a toolkit of communication materials that can be downloaded and used in an in-store environment.
Supplier Annual Statutory Declaration
Please download the printable blank version of the Supplier Annual Statutory Declaration (.pdf 88kb).
Once the Statutory Declaration is signed and witnessed, please scan and email to email@example.com.
For help to complete the form, please read detailed instructions to fill form (.pdf 235kb).
- EFC July 2018 True Up Summary (.pdf, 268kb)
- EFC Newsletter: August 2018 (.pdf, 724kb)
- EFC Newsletter: July 2018 (.pdf, 785kb)
- EFC June 2018 True Up Summary (.pdf 252kb)
- EFC Newsletter: June 2018 (.pdf, 725kb)
- EFC May & Q1 2018 True Up (.pdf, 279kb)
- EFC Newsletter: May 2018 (.pdf, 720kb)
- EFC April & Q1 True Up 2018 (.pdf, 338kb)
- EFC Newsletter: April 2018 (.pdf, 317KB)
- EFC March 2018 True Up Summary (.pdf 818kb)
- EFC Newsletter: March 2018 (.pdf, 257kb)
- EFC February 2018 True Up Summary (.pdf 132kb)
- EFC Newsletter: February 2018 (.pdf, 290kb)
- EFC Newsletter: January 2018 (.pdf, 577kb)
- EFC Newsletter: November 2017 (.pdf. 675kb)
Get in contact
If you have any questions or need our help, please call us on 1800 813 887 between 9am and 5pm (EST), Monday to Friday or send us an email.
Frequently asked questions
Am I considered a supplier?
A supplier is any business selling beverages in containers in NSW, or giving them away as part of a promotion. This includes manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers.
If the business is considered a ‘First Supplier’ it must register the containers and enter a supply agreement with the Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change. You’ll find detailed information on whether you as a manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer are considered a First Supplier, including examples in this information sheet.
- What steps do I need to take?
How much will it cost me?
Every month, each supplier will be invoiced for their share of costs based on their market share. This is calculated by the number of containers supplied in each category of manufacturing materials.
You can view an estimate of costs from Exchange for Change in this document.
There is also an $80 application fee for registering your class of containers with the EPA. To assist small suppliers that produce small runs of multiple product lines, there is a cap on this registration fee. For more information visit the