Return and Earn container deposit scheme rolls out on December 1 | what's in and what's out

The Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme kicks off on December 1.
The Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme kicks off on December 1.

With a great deal of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the new NSW Container Deposit Scheme let’s take a look at what’s in and what’s out.

Called the Return and Earn container deposit scheme, it’s being rolled out from December 1.

There has been some concern expressed about the complicated nature of the scheme and the lack of local collection points.

Some have spoken out about the new system including the Hastings Liquor accord president Alistair Flower who says the biggest issue is lack of transparency and poor execution of the scheme.

In October, Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said that while our local environment will benefit under the new container deposit scheme, local manufacturing and jobs are on the line.

With the new scheme kicking off we take a look at what’s in and what’s out:

Which containers can be returned for a refund?

Most 150ml to three litre drink containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund at an approved NSW collection point.

Most 150ml to three litre drink containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund at an approved NSW collection point.

Most 150ml to three litre drink containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund at an approved NSW collection point. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (cartons)

Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached. Wine, spirits, cordial and plain milk containers are generally not eligible.

If a container isn't eligible for a refund, please use a recycling bin.

Which containers aren't eligible for a refund?

Glass containers for wine and spirits will not be eligible for a refund

Glass containers for wine and spirits will not be eligible for a refund

Containers that can’t be deposited for a refund include:

  • 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 or water of one litre or more
  • Sachets for wine of 250ml or more
  • Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics