Return and Earn checklist released by environmental regulator

CAN: The NSW Environment Protection Authority is identifying which drink containers are eligible to be part of Return and Earn. Photo: Contributed.
CAN: The NSW Environment Protection Authority is identifying which drink containers are eligible to be part of Return and Earn. Photo: Contributed.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is trying to clear up any confusion about what sort of drink containers are eligible for the NSW container deposit scheme called Return and Earn.

CANNOT: The NSW Environment Protection Authority is identifying which drink containers are not eligible for Return and Earn. Photo: Contributed.

CANNOT: The NSW Environment Protection Authority is identifying which drink containers are not eligible for Return and Earn. Photo: Contributed.

Its advice follows concern potential users of the Return and Earn reverse vending machines in locations through out the state are dumping containers not accepted by the machine at the site. 

On Wednesday the EPA released a list of containers that are not accepted by the machines.

They include plain milk or milk substitute containers, flavoured milk containers of one litre or more, pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of one litre or more, wine and spirit glass bottles, casks for wine or water of one litre or more, sachets for wine of 250 millilitres (ml) or more, containers for cordials and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices, and registered health tonics.

The EPA reports of most drink containers between 150ml and three litres being eligible for depositing in the reverse vending machines. They include glass, plastic, aluminium and steel containers and some cartons.

EPA acting chair and chief executive officer Mark Gifford said the list of eligible containers is based on an analysis of the types of containers that are most often found in the litter stream.

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A container returned to a reverse vending machine or over-the-counter collection point does not need to be in pristine condition but should be empty, uncrushed and have its label intact in order to be scanned and confirmed as eligible for the 10-cent return.

The EPA reports of 324 collection points in NSW. 

Orange’s Return and Earn machine was delivered this week.

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