Two million drink containers returned in seven days: NSW CDS

NSW’s Container Deposit Scheme, Return and Earn, has already seen more than two million drink containers returned in a single week.

Reverse vending machines in Mayfield, Casula, Medowie, Spring Farm, Granville and Emerton have all received more than 60,000 drink containers each since Friday, 1 December.

The number of returns is increasing with Wednesday and Thursday recording the highest returns for the week. The peak time for returns has also been around lunch time each day.

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The breakdown of drink containers returned to reverse vending machines by their material are:

  • Aluminium – 53 per cent
  • Glass – 24 per cent
  • PET Plastic – 21 per cent
  • Liquid Paperboard – 0.7 per cent
  • High density poly-ethylene (HDPE) – 1.2 per cent

About 83 per cent of people are choosing the payment option for a receipt for cash at a local retail partner or an in-store credit from a local retail partner, about 17 per cent are using PayPal as an electronic transfer and about 0.5 per cent are donating the refund to selected charities on the reverse vending machines.

“This is just the start – I expect the scheme to take off even further once community groups and charities get more involved in Return and Earn,” said NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton.

Most drink containers between 150mls and three litres will be eligible for a refund. Eligible drink containers have been selected based on those most commonly found in the NSW litter stream and to align with schemes in SA and the NT.

For more information and a list of eligible drink containers, visit Return and Earn.

Return and Earn collection points mapped out

Collection points for NSW’s container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, have been mapped out on its website. 

Under the scheme, people in NSW will be able to return most empty beverage containers between 150 ml and three litres to collection points for a 10-cent refund.

There will be more than 200 collection points across NSW when Return and Earn launches on 1 December 2017.

Collection points include reverse vending machines, over-the-counter sites such as cafes, small grocers and news agencies and automated depots for high volumes of returns.

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Refunds can be received as cash, digital payment, in-store credit or a charity donation.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said more collection points will be finalised as the scheme rolls out.

“This is the first step in rolling out more than 500 collection points across NSW,” Ms Upton said.

The new myTOMRA app for smartphones is also slated to allow container refunds to be deposited securely into registered PayPal accounts.

To receive the electronic refund, a person claiming the refund simply needs to scan a barcode from the app under the barcode reader on the front of the reverse vending machines before depositing the containers.

Other refund options include donating the refund to a charity or community group and printing out a refund docket that can be exchanged for cash or redeemed on in-store purchases at the local retail partner.