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Design and operational requirements for collection points under Return and Earn

To help fast track the development of low-impact recycling equipment and facilities for Return and Earn collection points, on 14 July 2017 the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) amended State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) .

  • 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 Codes SEPP 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 Codes SEPP, it can be determined by a private certifier or the local council.

The EPA has produced the Design Guide for Container Recycling Equipment and Facilities under the NSW Container Deposit Scheme Guide (PDF 4.25MB), to accompany the amendment to the Codes SEPP. This guide sets out proposed design criteria to ensure that the low impact infrastructure does not visually impact on the nominated locations.

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Page last updated: 04 September 2017