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I believe the EPA should introduce obligations for retailers to provide space for redemption as:

  • the big supermarkets are just as responsible for the plague of empty bottles and cans proliferating our oceans and outdoor spaces - they should have clear responsibilities to ensure the container deposit scheme (CDS) works well.

  • the logical place to put a CDS collection network is at the place of purchase i.e. the supermarket or shopping centre.

The EPA should ensure that retailers play their part by introducing regulations (as part of the CDS) requiring major supermarkets to ensure:

  • there is a convenient point of redemption within 200 metres of their premises or install Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) within their shops.

  • supermarkets will pay refunds when presented with a properly authorised refund voucher issued by the nearby RVM.

  • retailers have signage erected telling their customers where to redeem and information about refund eligibility on all sales receipts.