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Waste & Recycling Return and Earn: Container Deposit Scheme
The NSW Government’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, rolls out from Friday, 1 December 2017. It will help to reduce the 160 million drink containers littered in our environment each year by offering a 10 cent refund for the types of containers most often found in the litter stream.
Return and Earn is part of the state government’s commitment to reducing litter volume in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020. To find out more about Return and Earn, please visit the EPA website.
Key components of the scheme:
Collection points can be found at the Return and Earn online map.The map will be updated as new sites are added.
Most empty 150-millilitre to three litre beverage containers will be eligible for refund.
Containers that may be eligible for a refund include:
Containers that are not included in the scheme and, therefore, do not qualify for a refund are:
These drinks are predominantly consumed at home and are not found in the litter stream. They are also broadly similar to the exceptions in the South Australian and Northern Territory container deposit schemes, to aid consistency.
Return and Earn is designed to complement the kerbside recycling scheme, not to replace it. Residents are still encouraged to utilise their yellow-lidded bin for containers that are consumed in the home.
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