BOTTLER OF A RECYCLING SCHEME
Written on the 21 October 2016 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly has welcomed the successful passage of the NSW Government's landmark 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme legislation through Parliament this week.
"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 Conolly said.
"The Container Deposit Scheme's introduction fulfils a key election commitment and will help the Government to meet the Premier's Priority 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:
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said he was delighted by the overwhelming support from all sides of politics for the NSW Government's Container Deposit Scheme.
"This is something that the community has been asking their political representatives for decades and this government is finally delivering it," Mr Speakman said.
"The 2015-2016 National Litter Index found that 49 per cent of litter by volume was made up of beverage containers and 43 per cent of the total volume was containers that will be caught by the NSW CDS.
"This is a clear sign that there is likely to be a direct environmental benefit to our parks, waterways and beaches when the CDS comes in. Giving people a financial incentive to do the right thing will benefit everyone."
More information is available at epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm.
Author: Kevin Conolly
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