Special Reviews
Container Deposit Scheme

Container Deposit Scheme Monitoring

In progress
Start Date
Nov 2017
End Date
Dec 2018
Frequently Asked Questions



IPART is monitoring the impact of the implementation of the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) on container beverage prices and competition. 

1. What is IPART’s role in relation to the NSW Container Deposit Scheme?

IPART has been asked by the NSW Premier to monitor and report on the impact of the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) on beverage prices between 1 November 2017 and 1 December 2018.

According to the draft Terms of Reference IPART is to monitor:

  • the effect of the scheme on container beverage prices
  • the performance and conduct of suppliers, and
  • any other market impacts on consumers resulting from the scheme.

2. How will you monitor prices?

IPART has released a Draft Report outlining our draft findings and recommendations on the impacts of the NSW container deposit scheme on beverage prices and competition over the first nine months of the scheme (ie, November 2017 to July 2018).   

3. Are you looking at the charges being imposed on small businesses in the container beverage industry? 

IPART has been asked to monitor the performance and conduct of suppliers in the container beverage industry.  Suppliers may include manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of beverages. 

4. What happens if you find excessive price rises? 

Following the monitoring and assessment, IPART may make recommendations to the Government to address any adverse effects arising from the operation of the Scheme. The Government can use IPART’s advice to decide what action might be required.   

5. When will you report on the findings?

IPART released a Progress Report in April 2018.  A final report will be provided to the NSW Government covering the first 12 months of the scheme in December 2018.

6. Where do I go with comments and questions about the scheme such as collection points and refunds? 

If you have questions relating to collection points contact TOMRA Cleanaway on 1800 290 691.  For other questions, contact the NSW Environment Protection Authority via this link or email container.deposit@epa.nsw.gov.au

7. Where can I submit my views about pricing and other related impacts of the scheme?

Throughout IPART’s review, consumers and other stakeholders can report their experiences in relation to changes in container beverage prices, the performance and conduct of suppliers, and any other market impacts on consumers online here.

This information will be considered in IPART’s reports to Government over the next 12 months.  Depending on the nature of your comments, we may share the information you provide with other NSW Government agencies (such as the EPA and NSW Fair Trading).

NSW Fair Trading is also targeting retailers and distributors who wrongly use the CDS as a reason to increase prices.  If price increases are being wrongly attributed to the scheme, consumers can contact NSW Fair Trading at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or phone 13 32 20.  

Key Contact
Brett Everett
02 9290 8400
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