Europe/New Zealand leading the way in CDS refund

Posted on September 13, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations, Plastic Recycling


The latest European state to announce adoption of a container deposit/refund scheme is Austria. Commencing in 2024, Austria will launch its scheme with a €0.25 Euro deposit value, equivalent of around A$0.40cents. That’s four times higher than Australia’s current value. New Zealand is also investigating looking at a CDS.

New Zealand consumers have also through this poll, unsurprisingly and overwhelmingly, prefer dropping off their used containers for the refund at supermarkets followed by small stores with a combined total of 85 per cent. Only 15 per cent said they would access depots or other similar locations. Gladly, New Zealand is proposing to mandate retailers over a certain size to take back used containers.

As Austria declares its intent, i.e. to achieve high beverage container recycling rates, led by a meaningful deposit value, as well of course as the usual highly-convenient European return-to-retail legislation, Australia should be taking note. Our deposit/refund value at NZ$0.10cents is inadequate, we are being left behind, if we want to get high recycling rates.