Returning a drink container in NSW could earn you 10 cents in the near future.
Returning a drink container in NSW could earn you 10 cents in the near future. Kevin Farmer

Drink container deposit scheme likely for NSW

A DRINK container deposit scheme looks set to be introduced in New South Wales in coming weeks.

It is believed the details of the cash for containers scheme are still being finalised, but it is likely to offer a rebate of 10 cents per item in line with a similar scheme in South Australia.

Reverse vending machines in public areas are also expected to be introduced.

Clarence Valley Waste Not Want Not founder and Hand On Nature director Sharon Lehman said it was fantastic to hear the initiative, which had been a long time coming, would be introduced statewide.

"Everyone's just saying it's about time," Ms Lehman said.

"There's been a lot of people working really hard to get it happening for a long time," she said.

"It's going to reduce litter and it's just got so many great implications.

"The great thing is there's a momentum rolling where the Australian Capital Territory is looking at it and it's putting pressure on other states."

Schools and charities will also benefit from the scheme, because they will be encouraged to raise funds by collecting drink containers for cash.

"It's going to mean great things for charities and organisations," Ms Lehman said.


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