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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



What is a donation site?

A site to collect eligible containers without paying the refund to those who deposit containers at that point. Essentially, containers are gifted to the donation site operator (e.g. Scout Group), who can then return them to an approved collection point for a refund. Donation sites are not registered with the Container Deposit Scheme Coordinator and the Environment Protection Authority.

What do donation sites look like?

Donation sites will vary from Group to Group. Some may include shed areas with stacked milk crates, labelled wheelie bins, hole-in-the-wall chutes and/ or locked storage bins located within a Scout Group’s premises.

What makes a good donation site?

Donation sites must be able to collect, store and transport containers. Good donation sites:
• are well-lit
• are accessible to the public
• pose no health and safety risks to Scouting members and volunteers
• have clear signage

There may be local Council regulations to consider when setting up a donation site. Check with your Council to see if you need special permissions and approvals. 

How can Groups find their nearest collection point?

A full list of approved collection points will be available on the Environment Protection Authority’s website before the Container Deposit Scheme launches in December 2017.

Can any Scouts NSW Group participate?

Yes. As long as the Group registers its Expression of Interest and signs the Scouts NSW Recycling Scheme Memorandum of Understanding.

Which containers are eligible for the 10 cent refund?

Most drinks sold in containers between 150mL and 3L will be included in the Scheme. The easiest way to find out if a container is eligible for a deposit will be to check the label – all eligible beverage containers will be clearly marked.

How will Scouts NSW support our Group's fundraising effort?

To make the most of the Scheme, Groups must register their interest with Scouts NSW. To support Groups’ fundraising, Scouts NSW will:
• Develop and supply an initial marketing kit to interested Groups, including signage, flyers and fact sheets
• Develop an MOU between Scouts NSW and Groups who wish to participate in the Scheme
• Promote participating Groups on the Scouts NSW website and to local media, helping members of the community locate donation sites across the State

Do Scout groups get to keep the money they raise through the CDS?

Yes. While there may be an initial cost to establish a Scouts NSW donation site, 100% of proceeds raised by the Group stay with the Group!

Looking for more information? Download the Scouts Recycling Scheme informational brochure here, or read about changes to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 to support the NSW Container Deposit Scheme here.


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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