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Everything you need to know about Super Collectors & the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS)

South Australia’s Container  Deposit Scheme has been in effect since 1977, with a 10-cent refund  on  empty beverage containers. To support a large number of can and bottle recycling options, the majority of approved containers are Category B containers, which can be returned to  an approved Collection Depot for reimbursement. To learn more about which beverage containers covered under the CDS and approved collection depot locations refer to SA EPA website.

A Super Collector is an entity who collects, handles, and delivers for reuse, recycling, containers received from Collection Depots,   and Kerbside Recovery Centres (MRF’s).

So what exactly is a Super Collector?

A Super Collector essentially transports, , processes, and compacts  containers received from approved Collection Depots  for reuse or recycling.

Beverage Manufacturers and/or Wholesalers must have a Waste Management Arrangement commonly referred to as a WMA (contractual arrangement) with a Super Collector to sell products in SA and NT. As part of these contractual arrangements, the Super Collector recovers the cost of the CDS, including the 10-cents from Beverage Manufacturers and/or Wholesalers  . The Super Collector also has  contractual agreements with Collection Depots  and reimburse the CDS cost including 10-cents.

In the case of Statewide Recycling, we function as a facility that physically handles and processes containers that are returned to collection depots for a refund. The beverage containers are subsequently sold to end processors after being sorted into material types (for example, aluminium, , PET, HDPE, and liquid paper board).

Our responsibility as  a Super Collector

As a Super Collector,  Statewide Recycling complies with its general environmental duty that ensures we do not engage in any activity that pollutes or may pollute the environment.

We also provide the following information on quarterly basis to the SA EPA and NT EPA.

  • The total aggregate number of containers sold for each material type (e.g., glass, aluminium, PET, HDPE, LPB).
  • The total number of containers returned for each material type.
  • The total weight of containers returned for each material type.
  • The per cent rate of return for each material type.

Here at Statewide Recycling, we are immensely proud of playing a key role in our Nation’s journey towards zero landfills. Through our business, we bring a better lifestyle for all Australians and are positioned at the front of the regeneration process. Contact us today to learn more about how Statewide Recycling  can help your business gain approval to sell your beverage products in SA and NT.

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Since The Introduction of Container Deposit Scheme in 1977.