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New South Wales

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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 The CDS will be implemented in July 2017
Containers Covered

All NSW beverage containers between 150ml and 3 litres in volume will be eligible for a refund  

Beverages Not Covered
  • plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • flavoured milk containers 1 litre or more
  • pure fruit or vegetable juice containers 1 litre or more
  • glass containers for wine and spirits
  • casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine and casks for  water – 1 litre or more
  • sachets for wine 250ml or more
  • containers for cordials, concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
    registered health tonics.
Refundable Deposits 10¢
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Scheme Diagram

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Updated May 12, 2016

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