Why it matters

Return and Earn to drive NSW’s circular economy

The Container Deposit Scheme is moving New South Wales towards a circular economy by using resources efficiently and making them as productive as possible.

Building on our success

Thank you for providing feedback on the Discussion paper: Driving NSW’s circular economy. The public consultation period is now closed.

Return and Earn has changed the way we think about recycling and litter by turning waste into a valuable resource.

Return and Earn’s success is due to strong community and industry participation with 89% of NSW adults supporting the scheme. It is now time to look at ways to build on that success.

We are interested in your views on how the scheme could recycle even more drink containers and further stimulate the growth of the circular economy.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (the EPA) is consulting with the community, environmental groups, beverage and recycling industries and local councils to understand views on adding more types of drink containers.

Your views on the proposals in the Discussion paper: Driving NSW’s circular economy are highly valued and will inform the future of Return and Earn in NSW.

We want to get your feedback on:

  • the types of drink containers proposed such as; wine and spirits in glass bottles, cordials, larger containers of drinks already in the scheme
  • enhancing the operational experience and transparency for Return and Earn participants

Have your say

Public consultation on the Discussion paper: Driving NSW's circular economy.

You will need to read the discussion paper before you complete the survey below. The survey should take you about 15 minutes to complete. You are not required to answer every question.

If you would prefer to provide feedback by email, send your submission to cds.haveyoursay@epa.nsw.gov.au

Tip: It is recommended that you download a copy of the discussion paper and have it available to refer to whilst providing your feedback.


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Please note, your feedback on the Discussion paper: Driving NSW’s circular economy may include ‘personal information,' including your name, address, email, internet protocol address and any other personal information contained in your feedback.

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