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Earlier this year, we celebrated a big advance for our Cash for Containers campaign in NSW. Getting a public commitment for a ‘world class’ container deposit scheme from Premier Mike Baird was huge - but now there’s a chance the NSW Government could delay or weaken the scheme unless they know that thousands of Australians are watching their next move.
The facts are on our side, we've got the research to back it up and examples of what is best-practice from around the world. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the benefits of a strong container deposit scheme in NSW:
- Keep millions of tonnes of bottles and cans out of our streets, beaches and bushland
- Generate up to 1,500 new jobs across the State
- Save local councils up to $62 millionevery year by reducing their recycling costs
- Place thousands of “reverse vending machines” across the State, making
- Recycling easy and accessible
- Inject $40 million into charity groups each year through recyclers opting for a donation
With over 40 such systems around the world producing huge benefits it’s clearly a good move for NSW. However, when it comes to recycling reform, the devil is in the detail and we need to ensure that the NSW Government get every detail right. From accurate statistics on rubbish quantities, to be smart Cash for Containers deposit locations, to basing a scheme on effective systems around the world there’s lots of work to be done. Most of all we need to make sure the NSW Government have the facts and community backing to resist the lobbying efforts Coke and their industry friends are spending millions on.
Our intel tells us there's at least 6 months before this goes to Parliament which is 6 months that the NSW container deposit scheme is at risk of being watered down or delayed. Which is why we need a huge display of community support, that Premier Mike Baird and its Government cannot ignore.
To make a submission to the NSW Government Click here
To suppor Cash for Containers in Queensland Click Here
So, what exactly is a Container Deposit Scheme?
A container deposit scheme is based on a refundable deposit able to be redeemed by the consumer or collectors at convenient locations. In other words, people get cash for recycling their containers. There are over 40 such systems around the world including in South Australia and the Northern Territory. In SA which has a 10 cent deposit, over 85% of containers are recycled.