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Have your say on the NSW container deposit scheme

Published 24th August, 2016

Have your 10 cents' worth on the NSW Government's container deposit scheme.  

The 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is the biggest initiative to combat litter in NSW's history. Under the scheme, eligible drink containers between 150ml and three litres can be returned for a 10-cent refund.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the CDS is now at the stage of consulting with the public on the details.

"From next year the people of NSW will be able to return most drink containers and receive 10 cents, while playing a part in reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020, one of the Premier’s key priorities,” Mr Speakman said.

“We are looking at several measures to reduce costs of the scheme, including working with Queensland on opportunities for a single scheme coordinator and driving competition by allowing for multiple network operators.”

The Draft Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 is on public exhibition until Wednesday 21 September with information on how the scheme is proposed to work, including:

  • How the scheme will be coordinated.
  • How the network of collection points will work.
  • How refunds will work including the potential for contactless refunds.
  • How the scheme will interact with kerbside recycling.
  • Roles and obligations under the scheme.

The CDS is scheduled to roll out across NSW in July 2017.

Have your say on the draft legislation

Published 24th August, 2016
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