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Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (Act No. 68 of 2008)

Chapter 2 : Fundamental Consumer Rights

Part I : Supplier’s accountability to consumers

66. Deposits in respect of containers, pallets or similar objects



1) The Minister may, in consultation with the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, prescribe a minimum or maximum deposit that a supplier must or may require a consumer to pay in respect of the return of a bottle, container, pallet, reel or similar object used in respect of the packaging or delivery of any goods.


2) If a person returns a bottle, container, pallet, reel or similar object contemplated in subsection (1) to any supplier of goods ordinarily sold in that bottle or container or on that pallet or in or on that reel or similar object, the supplier must pay that person the amount of the deposit—
a) if any, that is required to be charged in terms of any public regulation on the date on which the object is returned to the supplier; or
b) that the supplier charged for that object, or ordinarily charges for such an object,

irrespective of whether the person returning the container paid a deposit for that object to that supplier.