NSW Cabinet votes in 10c Container Deposit Scheme
The Baird government has supported a recycling scheme for drink containers that will go into effect in July 2017. The plan was developed with the NSW Environment Protection Authority and the NSW government in the last week of August released their draft legislation for the scheme.
Keep NSW Beautiful Director Tony Wright served on the Advisory Committee for the scheme, and Chief Executive David Imrie participated in the scheme’s Environmental Working Group.
Here’s how the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) will work:
- 10 cents will be paid for drink containers returned to a depot or reverse vending machine.
- The containers must display a NSW CDS label, and be between 150ml and 3 litres.
- Wine, milk, and juice will not be eligible for the scheme.
- Depots will be both large-scale operations and pop-ups.
- Anyone returning a container is eligible for a refund.
- Drinks containers can still be disposed of in council-run waste and recycling collection schemes, but the household won’t receive a refund – the 10c will go to the councils, which will go towards waste collection costs in their local area.
- The 10c refund, and administration and handling fees, will be covered by the beverage industry.
Schools, charity and community groups, scouting troops and more are encouraged to use container collection for fundraising.
“Previous governments didn’t have the bottle to do it – but the NSW Government will introduce a 10 cent refund container deposit scheme next year,” NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said.
“Drink containers make up about 45% of the volume of litter in NSW. The container deposit scheme will play a big part in helping NSW achieve our goal of reducing the volume of litter by 40% by 2020.
“This announcement is a bottler for charities, community groups and schools too. They can use the scheme to fundraise – last year they generated over $60 million through the South Australian scheme.”
This scheme, the result of an election commitment from early 2015, aligns with Premier Baird’s focus on the environment as seen in his Premier’s Priorities, where he announced his government’s goal to reduce the volume of litter in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as the scheme is developed towards implementation.