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Container Deposit Scheme

Container Deposit Scheme – Return and Earn

Container Deposit Scheme – Return and Earn

Ernie Container Deposit SchemeMoree Plains Shire Council provides kerbside recycling services to the local community.

To complement these services, the NSW Government is delivering the largest litter reduction scheme ever introduced in NSW - the NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn.

Return and Earn commences from 1 December 2017 to help reduce drink container litter.

Drink container litter makes up 44% of the volume of all litter in the state and costs more than $162 million to manage. Return and Earn will be the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW, and will help meet the Premier's goal of reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40% by 2020.

Key features of Return and Earn are:

  • more than 500 collection points will be set up across the state, including in remote towns of more than 500 people and at 270 sites across the Greater Sydney Region
  • the network will include more than 800 reverse vending machines across NSW
  • the 10-cent refund will be provided as a voucher for in store redemption, electronic transfer, cash or may be donated to a community group.
  • eligible containers include most glass, cans, plastic and paperboard drink containers between 150 millilitres and three litres - those most often found in the litter stream.

How do I participate?

From 1 December 2017, consumers can exchange an eligible container at an approved collection point to receive a 10-cent refund per container. Alternatively, you can donate your containers to a charity which can redeem the refund to raise money. Containers must not be crushed and must have a legible barcode.

For the Moree Shire, a reverse vending machines (RVMs) is located in Woolworths Moree carpark.

What containers are eligible?

Most empty 150-millilitre to 3-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 section below.

Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • PET
  • HDPE
  • Glass
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard

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 1 litre or more
  • pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of 1 litre or more
  • glass containers for wine and spirits
  • casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine and casks for water of 1 litre or more
  • sachets for wine of 250 millilitres or more
  • containers for cordials, and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • registered health tonics.

These drinks are predominantly consumed at home and are not found in the litter stream. They are also broadly similar to the exceptions in the South Australian and Northern Territory container deposit schemes, to aid consistency.

How will it work?

The Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change, will oversee the Return and Earn scheme as the financial and reporting manager. The Network Operator, TOMRA-Cleanaway, will be responsible for establishing and managing collection points and collection infrastructure across NSW.

Can I still use my yellow recycling bin?

Yes. Kerbside recycling remains important to our community, and Return and Earn will complement it. Kerbside recycling is particularly suitable for containers that are typically consumed at home; some of which aren’t eligible for a refund via Return and Earn.

Refunds from eligible containers collected via kerbside recycling may result in downward pressure on waste charges or improved waste services in your area.

How will this benefit my community?

The main beneficiaries of the scheme will be the environment and the community. Over the next 20 years, the Scheme is expected to result in:

1. 1.6 billion fewer beverage containers being littered

2. Almost 11 billion fewer beverage containers ending up in landfill

3. 12.6 billion more beverage containers being recycled.

Impacts on human health and wellbeing

Litter can have serious impacts, including:

  • environmental - litter damages natural environments and harms terrestrial and marine wildlife
  • visual - litter makes places look unsightly and uncared for, and attracts more litter
  • human health - litter like broken glass and syringes can injure people. The presence of litter makes it more likely that other antisocial behaviours will occur, like graffiti and property damage
  • resource - easily recyclable and valuable resources, like drink containers, are lost when people litter. Even if littered items are subsequently collected, they are often too contaminated to be recycled
  • economic - a 2015 survey of local government, state agencies, private land managers and community groups found that more than $162 million a year is currently being spent on managing litter in NSW. That is money that could be spent on other things.

Where can I find more information?

Information and updates are available at: www.epa.nsw.gov.au and www.returnandearn.org.au

Experiencing difficulties with the Moree Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) at Woolworths?

Contact the TOMRA Cleanaway hotline:
P: 1300 222 282
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