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:

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:

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:

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.