A nice opportunity for entrepreneurial businesses like Dan Murphy's though. ... I buy Magner's Cider from Ireland by the case. This cider comes in one-pint bottles, and there are a dozen bottles to the case. Before the bottle-return scheme started, Murphy's (owned by Woolworths) charged $70.00/case for it. After the scheme had commenced the price went up to $77.00 -- a 10% hike. I was told that the rise was because of the new bottle-return scheme.
Now, the bottles -- if they are returnable at all, about which I'm not yet clear -- will bring a refund of 10 cents each, or a total of $1.20 for a case -- not the $7 ascribed by Murphys. Who pays all the extra? I do. Who pockets most of that extra? Murphy's does. And if I don't return the bottles because it's altogether too much trouble (see earlier posts), then Murphy's pockets the whole lot. Unfair? Of course. Would you expect anything else from Woolworths? Probably not.
Now, as to the scheme itself, and whether or not one-pint bottles are returnable at all, who know? One pint is 568 ml (which is how the Magners bottles are labelled). So they come in size between small 330ml drink bottles (on which a refund is available) and ordinary wine bottles, on which no refund is available. Where does the 568 ml bottle fit. I have no idea, and frankly, I can't be bothered finding out.
The official site at https://www.actcds.com.au/ list six classes of containers, some plastic and some glass. Of the six, no less than five attract NO refund. And in another year there will be no less than a whopping 18 return points operating -- across the whole of the ACT. Wow!
Some refund scheme.