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NSW Container Deposit Scheme


​Return and Earn, the NSW Government's container deposit scheme, aims to reduce more than 160 million drink containers littered in NSW every year.

The scheme came into place on 1 December and involves three types of collection points for people to return their eligible drink containers. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached.

What are the types of collection points?

There are three main types of collection points that will accept eligible containers:
1. Reverse vending machines
2. Over-the-counter manual sites
3. Automated depots.

In Lane Cove there are three collection locations publicised under the 2066 postcode on the Return and Earn website. Each one is listed as an over-the-counter manual site. These providers can also include the opportunity for in-store credit and as more information is available Council will update this online.

What containers are eligible?
Most empty 150-millilitre to three litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund when presented to an approved NSW collection point. There are some exceptions, and containers not eligible for a refund are described in the section below. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken, and have the original label intact.

Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include containers made from:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (cartons)

Containers that are not included in the scheme and, therefore, do not qualify for a refund are:

  • Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • Flavoured milk containers of one litre or more
  • Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of one litre 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 250 millilitres or more
  • Containers for cordials, and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics.



The above information has been made available via the Return and Earn website.