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Installing Container Deposit Scheme recycling equipment and facilities

To help fast track development of low impact recycling equipment for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme, amendments have now been made by the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

The amendments will allow low impact recycling equipment such as reverse vending machines, for eligible containers such as bottles and cans, to be carried out as exempt development, which means they will not require a planning or building approval.

The State Policy has also been updated to allow certain recycling facilities to be fast tracked under a complying development approval – where if the proposal meets relevant development standards in the State Policy, it can be determined by a private certifier or the local council.

The EPA has produced a Design Guide (PDF 4.25MB) to accompany the amendment to the Codes SEPP, which sets out proposed design criteria to ensure that the low impact infrastructure does not visually impact on the nominated locations.

Further information on the amendments to the State Policy can be found within the factsheet (PDF 114KB) and by viewing the DPE website at

Page last updated: 14 July 2017