|Law Summary||To help meet the Premier’s goal of reducing the volume of litter in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020 the NSW Government is introducing a refund container deposit scheme (CDS).
Under the scheme, anyone who returns an empty eligible beverage container to an approved NSW collection depot or reverse vending machine will be eligible for a 10-cent refund. A network of depots and reverse vending machines will open across NSW to receive the empty containers.
|Date Implemented||December 1, 2017|
|Containers Covered||All NSW beverage containers between 150ml and 3 litres in volume will be eligible for a refund|
|Beverages Not Covered||
|Amount of Deposit||
|Reclamation System||Return to collection depot sites|
|Unredeemed Deposits||Remains with the industry.|
System Results (2018):
From 1 December 2017, consumers can participate in Return and Earn in three ways
- Take eligible drink containers to collection points including reverse vending machines and claim the refund.
- Give eligible containers to charities, schools, sporting groups or other community organisations for them to redeem and claim the refund.
- Eligible containers can continue to be placed in the kerbside system, and kerbside recycling will continue to be important for containers that are typically consumed at home; some of which aren’t eligible for a refund within the NSW Container Deposit Scheme.