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Container Deposit Scheme

NSW has a Container Deposit Scheme!

As long time advocates for a CDS this is a huge win for the community! Thanks to all those who have supported the introduction of a CDS for NSW.

A Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) refers to the collection of drink containers and receiving a cash refund for each container returned.
Depending on the deposit system, containers can be returned to the manufacturers via the retailer, to designated collection depots, reverse vending machines or recovered as part of existing waste or recycling collection system.

The NSW Container Deposit Scheme known as Return and Earn, will roll out across NSW in late 2017.

Background information on the Container Deposit Scheme

Container Deposit Scheme

The NSW Minister for the Environment  released the CDS Discussion Paper for public consultation,which closed Friday 26 February 2016.

LGNSW (Local Government NSW)

Visit LGNSW for background information on Container Deposits and the LGNSW advocacy position. LGNSW is a member of the Boomerang Alliance.

Visit the Boomerang Alliance announcement on the CDS and for background information on Container Deposits.

About Container Deposit Schemes

A Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is the solution to keep containers out of the environment and give a real benefit to the community. A CDS means you get a return for your containers. By returning your container you get your deposit back..

There are so many benefits from the scheme – from income for charities to new jobs to more recycling and getting one of the biggest and worst items of litter out of streets and our beautiful parks, bush, rivers and oceans.

90% of Australians surveyed support a 10c deposit-refund on bottles and cans. About 50% of our containers are consumed away from home. Sending these items to landfill just doesn't make sense!

Key Facts

CDS In Favour StatisticsThe following percentage of people favour a CDS:
  • NSW 84%
  • VIC 85%
  • WA 86%
  • QLD 90%
CDS Litter Stats Drink bottles are a major piece of litter:
  • In NSW, 1 in 3 pieces of litter are drink bottles.
  • 1 in 5 in Victoria
  • 1 in 12 in SA
  • 1 in 6 in QLD
  • 1 in 4 in WA
CDS JobsThe following number of jobs could be created by introducing a CDS:
  • NSW - 1029 Direct and 687 Indirect
  • VIC - 833 Direct and 530 Indirect
  • WA - 409 Direct and 257 Indirect
CDS Council SavingsThe following savings could be achieved by local councils if a CDS were introduced:
  • NSW $78M pa
  • VIC $48M pa
  • WA $34M pa
CDS Charity StatisticsIt's estimated that a CDS could boost charity income as follows:
  • NSW $19M pa
  • VIC $15M pa
  • WA $9M pa

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