ANDERSON SAYS IT’S TIME TO CAN IT
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the successful passage of the NSW Government’s landmark 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme legislation through Parliament yesterday.
“Community groups will be able to swap their cans and bottles for cash from 1 July 2017 following the successful passage of the legislation on Wednesday 19 October,” Mr Anderson said.
“The Container Deposit Scheme’s introduction fulfils a key election commitment and goes a long way to the goal of reducing litter in NSW by 40 per cent by 2020.
“The Waste and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Act 2016 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.
“This new legislation will go a long way to helping us clean up our public areas and waterways. By providing a financial incentive to do the right thing it will encourage more people to take steps that will benefit everyone.
“To build a better region we need to continually look at ways of bettering our energy production and recycling processes which is why this new legislation is so important to our region.”
Beverage suppliers will be responsible for covering the costs of refunds through agreements with the Scheme Coordinator that will be appointed by the Environment Minister.
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.
More information is available at epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm.