Scouts NSW Recycling Scheme Print E-mail

Scouts Recycling Scheme

Beverage container litter is a major issue in New South Wales. Around 160 million beverage containers are discarded as litter across the state per year, equalling almost half the volume of all litter. Beverage container litter costs the NSW State Government more than $162 million to manage every year. Not only is it an eyesore, but, when discarded, also blocks drains, contaminates land, strangles waterways, and kills thousands of birds and marine creatures who mistake containers for food.

To tackle this issue, the NSW State Government is implementing a 10 cent refund container deposit scheme (CDS), giving everyday Australians a financial incentive to do their part in reducing the volume of litter in NSW. Under the scheme, 10 cents will be paid for every drink container between 150 millilitres and three litres, and displaying a NSW CDS label, when returned to an approved collection point or reverse vending machine.


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  • Helps lift recycling rates of glass, plastic and metal beverage containers
  • Plays a part in reducing the staggering 21,000 bottles and cans that are littered or landfilled in Australia every minute
  • Lowers greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduces water usage
  • Contributes to benefits to the environment equalling $282 million over the next 20 years

How can my Group get involved?

Scout Groups can set up a donation site at their Scout hall, where friends, family and the community can drop off their donated eligible drink containers.

The Groups are responsible for storing and transporting the containers to an approved collection point, where they will be paid 10 cents per eligible container.

Complete the form below to get started.

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Register your interest and your Group will receive:

  • Group Scout NSW Recycle Kit
  • Scouts NSW MOU

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