Recycling scheme on the way

Posted on 20 January 2019

NSW consumers will receive a 10-cent refund for recycling bottles and cans from July 2017. Photo: Domino PostiglioneFrom July 2017 community groups will be able to swap their cans and bottles for cash after the10-cent Container Deposit Scheme legislationthrough Parliament yesterday (October 19, 2016).
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“The Container Deposit Scheme’s introduction fulfils a key election commitment and will help the Government to meet the Premier’s Priority goal of reducing litter in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020,” Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said.

The Waste and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme)Act2016 paves the way for a cost-effective, best-practice scheme that will benefit both the community and the environment.

Under the container deposit scheme:

People in NSW will be able to return empty prescribed beverage containers between 150 ml and three litres to collection points for a 10-cent refund.A single Scheme Coordinator will be responsible for the financial management of the scheme and for ensuring the scheme meets state-wide targets.Beverage suppliers will be responsible for covering the costs of refunds through agreements with the Scheme Coordinator.The Environment Minister Mark Speakman will appoint the co-ordinator in early 2017, as well as appointing Network Operators who will be responsible for the operation of the scheme.Containers not eligible for the scheme are those generally consumed at home and not typically found in the litter stream. They include plain milk, wine, pure fruit juice (more than 1 litre), health tonics and large flavoured milk containers.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman saidhe was delighted by the overwhelmingsupport from all sides ofpolitics for the NSWGovernment’s Container Deposit Scheme.

“This is something that the community has been asking their political representatives for decades and this government is finally delivering it,” Mr Speakman said.

“The 2015-2016 National Litter Index found that 49 per cent of litter by volume was made up of beverage containers – and 43 per cent of the total volume was containers that will be caught by the NSW CDS.

“This is a clear sign that there is likely to be a direct environmental benefit to our parks, waterways and beaches when the CDS comes in. Giving people a financial incentive to do the right thing will benefit everyone.”

Also applauding the scheme wasGreensNSWMPand Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC.

However, Dr Farqui did flag herdisappointment the NSW Government refused to back a range of further amendments.

“Pollution from plastic and other drink containers causes significant damage to our terrestrial and marine environments, including harm to marine animals and birds,”Dr Faruqi said.

“This is a long overdue step and a great vindication of the decades of work by campaigners and environment groups. The Government should be congratulated.

“TheGreensare strong supporters of a container deposit scheme, having campaigned for it for a long time as a real solution to reducing litter and increasing recycling.

“This is a big step forward in waste management in NSW and hopefully the next one will be a ban on the use of plastic bags.

“It is disappointing that the Government refused a range of sensible amendments I proposed that would have made the scheme more robust, effective and more convenient for consumers.

“I’m pleased to see the Government has stood up to the beverage industry who never wanted a container deposit scheme. We will be watching the implementation of this scheme carefully to ensure the beverage industry has no undue influence on the roll out of the scheme.”

More information is available atepa.nsw.gov419论坛/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm.

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