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Historical Return Rates

Disclaimer: Reloop presents the statistics below in good faith, and every attempt has been made to ensure their accuracy. Data contained in these tables and figures are taken primarily from external sources, including publicly accessible annual reports released by DRS system operators; stewardship agencies; or other involved entities. Other data was obtained through personal communication and e-mail correspondence. Details on the sources of all data are available in this PDF. We welcome any comments or clarifications for improvement to hello@reloopplatform.org.

In terms of system results, it is also important to point out that the way in which program performance is measured or reported on can vary between jurisdictions. While some system operators may report out a ‘collection rate’, others report a ‘recycling rate’ or ‘redemption rate.’ For the purpose of consistency and because it is not possible to know for certain how performance is measured in each jurisdiction, these tables and figures use ‘return rate’ as a catch-all term. It is understood that the return rate represents the amount of beverage container material that is collected (by weight or unit) expressed as a percentage of the amount of beverage container material placed on the market, excluding exports.




  • South Australia (2005-2020) (Figure, Table)
  • Northern Territory (2012-2020) (Figure, Table)
  • Australian Capital Territory (2018/19-2019/20) (Figure, Table)
  • New South Wales (2017-2020) (Table)
  • Queensland (2019-2020) (Table)


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