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NSW Container Deposit Scheme


15 September 2021 update: The Return and Earn facilities in Lane Cove are once again open! The Little Street Car Park and Mars Road locations will have COVID-safe guidelines in place to keep the community safe.

All customers are required to follow public health guidelines, including checking in via the QR code, maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask and practicing good hygiene. Touch-free recycling will also assist residents using the machines.

Return and Earn, the NSW Government's container deposit scheme, came into place on 1 December 2017 and provides collection points for people to return their eligible drink containers. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached.

New Return and Earn Facility Opens

A new bulk container counting facility has opened in Lane Cove West.

This Return and Earn facility can count more than 100 containers per minute and provide the refunds on the spot.

There's also a home collection service. Customers can sign up via their website and receive a 240L bin for them to fill with eligible containers. Once your bin is full you can schedule a collection and have the full bin swapped for an empty bin. 

For more details on the Lane Cove West collection point and their services, please visit their website

Where are the nearest collection points?

Lane Cove has two Return and Earn collection points.

  • The ground floor of the Little Street Carpark, at 1 Little Street Lane Cove - opposite the footbridge at the Aquatic Centre. The machine is open 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Saturday and 9:00 - 5:00pm on Sunday.
  •  67 Mars Road Lane Cove West - entrance is on Sirius Street opposite Kanes Hire. The facility is open Monday to Friday 7:00am - 5:00pm and 7:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.

The next closest machine is at Woolworths Marsfield, corner of Epping and Balaclava Road.

Check under the 2066 postcode on the Return and Earn website for all the collection point details.

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 wine bottles
  • Glass spirit bottles
  • Containers for cordials, and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics.



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