Container Refund Schemes (CRS) play an important function in advancing the circular economy in Australia.
Specifically, they facilitate increased recycling and a reduction in litter, generate new jobs and business opportunities in resource recovery and provide sustainable income to the Not-For-Profit sector.
There is a significant opportunity for charitable reuse and recycling enterprises to participate in Container Refund Schemes. In particular, they can act as collection points for donations which would enable them to claim a refund for each eligible container or as recognised Network Operators who claim a handling fee for container returns.
*Note: These policies were written prior to the rebrand of Charitable Recycling Australia. As a result, we are referred to as The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations throughout.