Effective 1st December 2017
The introduction of a new NSW Government Return & Earn initiative will mean that the price of many beverages will be increasing in our stores. From December 1st, you'll be able to earn a 10c refund for every eligible container you return to an approved NSW collection point.
For more information please visit returnandearn.org.au
Frequently Asked Questions
Why has the initiative been introduced?
According to recent government data, containers make up 44% of all litter in NSW. So the Government is introducing the Return & Earn initiative to encourage people to recycle their drinks containers and keep them off our streets and out of our parks.
What containers are eligible?
Most empty 150mL to 3-litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:
- Plastic (PET and HDPE)
- Liquid paperboard (Cartons)
What containers can't be recycled for a refund?
The Return & Earn initiative will begin by focusing on containers most commonly found as litter. Containers that can't be deposited for a refund include:
- Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of 1 litre or more
- Glass containers for wine and spirits
- Casks for wine or water of 1 litre or more
- Sachets for wine of 250mL or more
- Containers for wine of 250mL or more
- Containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
- Registered health tonics
What conditions do my containers have to be in to be eligible?
Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and have the original label attached. If a container isn't eligible for a refund, please use a recycling bin. Remember - don't crush or squash your containers.
Why is the price increase more than 10c per container?
As well as the 10c initiative refund, an initiative admin fee has been included in the price increase. This admin fee covers the cost of operating and administering the initiative.
When can I start claiming my 10c refund?
The container refunds take effect from December 1st. After that date you will earn 10c for all eligible containers you return.
Where can I claim my 10c refund?
Special container collection points will be placed across NSW, with many of them conveniently located near Woolworths stores. To find your nearest collection point go to returnandearn.org.au