Container Deposit Scheme

The NSW Government will be introducing a container deposit scheme (CDS) into NSW effective from the 1st December 2017. It will impact the pricing of Beer, Premix, Soft Drinks, Bottled Water & Cider (for exclusions see the Return & Earn website).

The initiative is designed to meet the Premier's goal of reducing litter in NSW by 40% by 2020. This scheme is already in place in SA/NT, as you can see on current packaging on most drink containers.

Consumers will be able to redeem 10 cents per approved container at designated collection points in NSW from 1st December 2017. Suppliers will be passing on these costs to cover the introduction of a CDS & these will come into effect from 1st November 2017 in order to build a float for redemptions to commence on the 1st December.

Cost increases include the container deposit of 10 cents per approved container, plus handling and administration fees to cover the cost of the scheme.

Approximate Price Increases; A 24 pack of Beer, Cider or Premix will increase between $3.00 -$5.00 per carton depending on the supplier.

This does not affect Glass Spirits or Wine.

Information on collection points in NSW is not currently available. For more information you can also visit the Return & Earn website www.returnandearn.org.au


Frequently asked Questions:

Q: Where can I deposit my empty bottles?

A: The government is yet to announce the locations of the container deposits, however they will most likely be at shopping centres and public places in your local area. 

Q: Does this affect every bottle I buy?

A: No, there are some exclusions to the tax including Spirit and wine bottles, for a full list of exclusions see http://returnandearn.org.au