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We work with brewers, distillers and vintners across Australia. In addition, our clients include kombucha and soft-drink manufacturers. We hope the following infomation may be of use to you. However, always check with the scheme provider for the latest information.

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

The NSW Government’s Container Deposit Scheme commenced in December 2017. The scheme is the State’s largest litter reduction initiative. Beverage container litter currently makes up around 44 per cent of all NSW litter. Hence this waste reduction strategy started. Since the programme started in December 2017 till March 2022 it is estimated that 15.25 billion containers have been returned. In just one month alone (April 2022) over 157 million containers returned via the network.

Container Materials

Under the Scheme, empty beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund when presented to an approved Collection Point in NSW. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include:

  • PET
  • HDPE
  • glass
  • aluminium
  • steel
  • liquid paperboard.
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 a manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer are considered a First Supplier.

Our barcodes are suitable for the Exchange for Change programme. Ensure you print your barcodes to the industy-accepted standards.

Exchange for Change 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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