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Return and Earn

Eligible containers are bigger than 150ml or smaller than 3 Litre

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 began rolling out across NSW on 1 December 2017 to help reduce the more than 160 million drink containers that are 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 are eligible for a 10 cent refund when presented to an approved NSW collection point.

All eligible containers must be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached.

Containers that ARE eligible for a refund: Containers that are NOT eligible for a refund:
Yes PET No Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
Yes HDPE No Flavoured milk containers of 1L or more
Yes Glass No Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of 1L or more
Yes Aluminium steel No Glass containers for wine and spirits
Yes Liquid paperboard No Casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine and casks for water of 1L or more

No Sachets for wine of 250ml or more

No Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/ vegetable juices
  No Registered health tonics

Collection points

To find your nearest collection point, go to and use the interactive map.

The NSW Government has also put together a Container Deposit Scheme fact sheet(91KB, PDF) and information about the NSW Container Deposit Scheme Collection Points(86KB, PDF).

You can also continue to use our yellow lid recycling bin service.

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
    Phone: 1800 290 691 

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