Return & Earn

01 December 2017


Your business apply to become a Return & Earn over-the-counter collection point

 The NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, commenced across NSW on 1 December 2017 and everyone has a role to play. Drink container litter make up to 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.

 An over-the-counter (OTC) collection point is a place you can take smaller quantities of eligible drink containers (usually up to 100 containers).  The collection point operator will ensure the containers are eligible, and are uncrushed and unbroken.  After verifying and counting, a refund of 10 cent per container is provided in cash.

 As a business, participating in the scheme as an over-the-counter collection point operator provides real benefits:

•Attract customers to your stores.

•Earn extra revenue from the Return and Earn handling fee for each eligible drink container received.

•Actively support the reduction of litter and drive positive recycling behaviours.

 For any enquiries about Return and Earn or the network operation, please complete the form online at  or call 1800 290 691.


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