MEMO 12/2017

MEMO 12/2017

The NSW Government has announced that a Container Deposit Scheme will commence from 1 December 2017 in NSW. Similar schemes already operate in South Australia and the Northern Territory. The scheme, “Return and Earn” will result in a range of beverage containers made of recyclable material including aluminium cans, bottles and PET, (but not including wine and straight spirits in bottles) able to be redeemed for a 10 cent refund at one of over 500 collection points across NSW from 1 December 2017.

Collection Points will include large scale recycling centres, automated recycling points as well as smaller cashless Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) that will provide redemption through Electronic Funds Transfer, charity donation or a voucher. Whilst the collection point locations are as yet unknown, a number of RVMs will be situated at Woolworths and ALDI supermarkets.

To float the scheme, the container price to you from your suppliers will rise from 1 November 2017, with prices rising somewhere between 11 and 15 cents per unit. This costs comprises not only the container deposit, but also an additional administration fee that is not redeemable.

Should you increase your costs in line with the increase (recommended), AHA NSW have developed point of sale posters for both on premises and takeaway sales advising your patrons that the price rise is due to the NSW Government’s scheme. Copies of these are contained in this month’s Hotel News magazine, along with information on the scheme. Should you require, PDF copies of the posters for you own printing can be downloaded by clicking here

Further information on the scheme can be obtained by clicking on the following link.

Should you require further information, please contact AHA NSW Director of Liquor and Policing John Green by email at or phone 02 92816922.

Yours faithfully,
Chief Executive Officer

2018-06-14T12:28:53+10:00June 14th, 2018|