Returnable Bottle Deposit Scheme

South Australia is the only State in Australia to operate a refundable bottle/container deposit scheme.

Current legislation includes the following containers:

  • flavoured milk and fruit juice in containers of less than one litre
  • all non-carbonated soft (non-alcoholic) drinks in containers of three litres or less. Some of the beverages that fall within this category are vitamin drinks, energy drinks, iced teas and fruit juice drinks.

All containers covered by the legislation must clearly show on the label where the refund is available, examples are:

  • [10c refund at points of sale when sold in SA], the container must be returned to a retailer that sells the beverage in that container.
  • [5c refund at collection depots when sold in SA], the refund is 5c and the container must be returned to a collection depot.

More information can be found at:

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