CDS beverage container litter

The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) was introduced to reduce beverage container litter. This study evaluates how well it does that.

In November 2017 the NSW Government introduced the Return and Earn container deposit scheme (CDS) to reduce beverage container litter. The KLIS was introduced in early 2017 to evaluate how well the scheme reduced beverage container litter entering the marine environment.

2020–21 CDS litter

  • In 2020–21 CDS litter accounted for 5.18% of the total litter items and 37% of total litter volume.
  • The number of CDS littered items fell by 9% from 2019–20 to 2020–21.
  • The volume of CDS litter in NSW in 2020–21 fell by 6% from 2019–20 to 2020–21.
  • Since Return and Earn was introduced in 2017, eligible CDS beverage container litter has fallen in both the number of items (by 54%) and in volume (by 52%).

Top 10 CDS litter items

Top 10 CDS littered items, 2020–21

Top 10 CDS littered items, 2020–21

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