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.

In just over 3 years, the milestones achieved by the Return and Earn container deposit scheme are impressive. Over 5.3 billion containers returned, 75% participation rate by the community and 75% container redemption rate for Jan-June 2020 and over 500,000T of commodity recycled is indicative of the considerable support from the people of NSW of the scheme and the accessibility and convenience of the TOMRA Cleanaway delivered network of return points.

Read about the Return and Earn NSW recycling success story.

The NSW 2019-2020 Return and Earn: Annual Statutory Report

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How it Works – Return and Earn