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Return and Earn

The NSW Government is delivering the largest litter reduction scheme ever introduced in NSW, Return and Earn. Return and Earn is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reducing litter volume in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020.

Return and Earn was rolled out from 1 December 2017 and will help to reduce the 160 million drink containers littered in our environment each year. Drink containers make up almost half of the volume of litter in NSW.

Eligible containers

Most empty 150ml to 3L beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund when presented to an approved NSW collection point.

Containers eligible for a 10 cent refund include:

  • PET
  • HDPE
  • glass
  • aluminium steel
  • liquid paperboard

Containers must be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached.

Containers that are NOT eligible for a 10 cent refund are:

  • plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • flavoured milk containers of 1L or more
  • pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of 1L or more
  • glass containers for wine and spirits
  • casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine and casks for water of one litre or more
  • sachets for wine of 250ml or more
  • containers for cordials, and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • registered health tonics

These drinks are mainly consumed at home and are not found in the litter stream, which is why they're not included in the Scheme. 

 Image is of containers that are appropriate for the container deposit scheme

Want more information?

TOMRA-Cleanaway is responsible for collecting all drink containers across the state and setting up the network of collection points.  

If you have any questions about Return and Earn collection points and locations, please contact TOMRA-Cleanaway on 1800 290 691 or at

Exchange for Change is responsible for financial management, recovery targets and promoting the scheme.

If you have any further questions about the Return and Earn scheme, please contact Exchange for Change on 1800 813 887 or




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