Refund sharing agreements

Refund sharing notification

Under the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Act 2001, Material Recovery Facility (MRF) operators are able to submit claims for processing refunds from the Scheme Coordinator. From 1 December 2018, MRF operators are only able to claim refunds for containers collected in a local council's area if the councils they service have

  • notified the EPA that the council has entered into Refund Sharing Agreement with the MRF operator and that it considers the agreement to be fair and reasonable, or
  • notified the EPA that the council considers that it is fair and reasonable that there is no refund sharing agreement in force with the MRF operator, or
  • have entered into a new processing agreement with the MRF operator after 1 December 2017.

How does a council make a notification?

Councils must notify the EPA using the Notification Form (DOCX 225KB).

Completed, signed and submitted Notification Forms will be recorded by the EPA. The EPA will then provide the relevant details to the Scheme Coordinator, Exchange for Change, to enable MRF operators to continue to make processing refund claims from 1 December 2018.

A council that owns and/or operates a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) should also complete the form.

When does this form need to be submitted?

Councils can submit this form at any time, but MRF operators may not be able to receive processing refunds from 1 December 2018 if the EPA has not received a notification by that date.  

To avoid MRF operators potentially being prevented from claiming processing refunds, the form should be received by the EPA by 30 November 2018.

Please note, even if a Refund Sharing Agreement is in place, the MRF will not be able to claim processing refunds after 1 December 2018 unless the EPA has been notified (see clause 18(2)(b) of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulation 2017).

How do I submit the form?

The form may be submitted electronically or by post.

By Email:

By Post: PO Box A290, South Sydney NSW 2000

Further information

See more information on the MRF Protocol.

Any further questions can be directed to

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