Container Deposit Scheme

NSW Container Deposit Scheme - "Return and Earn"

The NSW Government is delivering the largest litter reduction scheme ever introduced in NSW. Return and Earn was rolled out on 1 December 2017 and will help to reduce the 160 million drink containers littered in our environment each year. Drink containers make up almost half of the volume of litter in NSW.

Key features of Return and Earn are:

  • When the scheme is fully rolled out, there will be more than 500 collection points across the state
  • The 10 cent refund at reverse vending machines will be provided as a voucher to be redeemed at participating retailers, electronic bank payment via PayPal, or donation to one of the registered charities
  • Eligible containers include most glass, cans, plastic and paerboard drink containers between 150ml and 3 litres - those most often found in the litter stream

It should be noted that only selected containers are eligible under the scheme and more information about which containers are eligible and where collection points might be located in Bathurst can be found on the Return and Earn website.

What containers are eligible?

Most empty 150ml to three litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund when presented to an approved NSW collection point. There are some exceptions, and containers not eligible for a refund are described in the Scheme Exceptions listed below.

Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

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

Note: Do not crush containers prior to redeeming your refund. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached. Containers must be verified as eligible before a refund is paid.

 Scheme Exceptions: Containers that are not included in the scheme and, therefore, do not qualify for a refund are:

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

How do I participate?

Consumers can exchange an eligible container at an approved collection point to receive a 10 cent refund per container. An online map on the Return and Earn website provides information on the current collection points in NSW. 

Residents are encouraged to continue to use the yellow lid fortnightly recycling service for all recyclable material including beverage containers.

For more information about the scheme please visit the Return and Earn website or contact Engineering Services on 6333 6100.