Container deposit schemes represents just a fraction of the global waste and resource recovery industry. TOMRA Cleanaway is committed to providing the community with an essential service for public health and wellbeing.

Container deposit schemes are underpinned by extended producer responsibility, whereby the producer of a waste item is required to fund efficient and effective material recovery and recycling processes.

As global movements turn consumers away from single-use items, container deposit schemes provide a sustainable, government legislated mechanism for recycling single-use beverage containers to enter a circular economy.

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Global Container Refund & Return Schemes

Global Container Refund & Return Schemes

Container deposit schemes operate through the addition of a small deposit on the price of a beverage. In most instances, these are beverages consumed away from the home that is considered ‘single-use.’ The deposit paid by the consumer is refunded when the empty drink container is returned.

Container deposit schemes are known as  bottle deposit schemes, deposit refund/return systems (DRS), bottle bills, and are generally underpinned by legislation.

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Return and Earn

Return and Earn is a modern, convenient and accessible example of a container deposit scheme. Backed by legislation, Return and Earn was designed and developed by the NSW EPA to reduce drinks container litter across NSW. The success of the scheme is achieved through a strong framework of government and industry partnership that is regulated by the NSW Environmental Protection Agency , administered by the Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change , and delivered by Network Operator, TOMRA Cleanaway.

Commencing in December 2017, Return and Earn is the biggest litter reduction initiative ever introduced in Australia. With a goal to reduce drink container waste in the litter stream by 40% by 2020 – Return and Earn has delivered outstanding achievements in a very short period of time.

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Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

The ANZPAC Plastics Pact

TOMRA Cleanaway are proud to be a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Plastics Pact.

As a leader in container deposit scheme network operation, we are committed to contributing to the achievement of the ANZPAC Regional Plastics Targets by 2025, and welcome engagement to identify and deliver solutions for plastics, share knowledge and collaborate.