Consumers will get a 10-cent refund when they return a drink bottle under a scheme being floated by the NSW government.
The option is part of a discussion paper on introducing a container recycling scheme.
This option would see drink prices rise by 10 cents, which would be refunded when the container is returned to a collection site.
These sites could include a “reverse vending machine” which would read the number of containers inserted and print a docket.
The docket would then be redeemable for cash.
Beverage companies have complained about the cost of this model and provided an alternative plan, which include an annual $15 million investment by the industry to reduce litter in NSW.
The discussion paper is available on the Environment Protection Authority’s website.