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Exchange for Change                                            Exchange for Change


Exchange for Change is the scheme coordinator of the largest litter reduction programs undertaken in NSW and the ACT: the NSW Return and Earn scheme and the ACT Container Deposit Scheme.

The objectives of the programme are;

(a) establish a cost-effective container deposit scheme to assist the beverage industry in reducing and dealing with the waste generated by beverage product packaging; and
(b) promote the recovery, reuse and recycling of empty beverage containers.

A supplier is any business selling beverages in containers in NSW or ACT or giving them away as part of a promotion. This includes manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers.

If the business is considered a ‘First Supplier’, it must register the containers and enter a supply agreement with the Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change. You’ll find detailed information on whether you as a manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer are considered a First Supplier.

Our barcodes are suitable for the Exchange for Change programme.


NSW legislation

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulation 2017
Current version for 1 December 2017 to date (accessed 16 September 2019 at 09:59)
Part 3 Division 1 Clause 22A

(1)  For the purposes of this Part, a container that belongs to a class of containers complies with the barcode requirement if the container is marked or labelled with either of the following:

(a)  a GTIN barcode unique to that class of containers,

(b)  a product barcode unique to that class of containers that:

(i)  complies with the EAN/UPC symbology specifications for EAN–13, EAN–8, UPC–A or UPC–E barcodes, set out in the GS1 Standard, and

(ii)  complies with the dimensional specifications and symbol placement guidelines that apply to the class of data carriers to which the barcode belongs, set out in the GS1 Standard, and

(iii)  does not duplicate any GTIN barcode or other product barcode, and

(iv)  is not less than 8, and not more than 13, digits.

(2)  In this clause:

GS1 Standard means the GS1 General Specifications standard published by GS1 AISBL.
GTIN barcode is a product barcode that contains a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) encoding and complies with the GS1 Standard.

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