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Consultation on the Scheme and legislation

Earlier NSW container deposit scheme discussion paper and consultation

The NSW Government released an earlier container deposit scheme discussion paper on 19 December 2015 and sought comments by 26 February 2016. More than 11,000 submissions were received. Of those, more than 98% were in favour of a refund based scheme. Following assessment of those submissions the NSW Government refined the model it would use to help combat litter through refunding container waste.

Following assessment and consideration of public input the NSW Government introduced a Bill to Parliament to create the Scheme. The Scheme's Act (Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Act 2016) passed on 19 October 2016. The Act forms part of the legislative framework under which the Scheme will operate. Regulations that will sit under this Act to support the day-to-day operation of the Scheme were open for consultation from 30 November to 23 December 2016. In total, the EPA received 12 community submissions and 40 stakeholder submissions. Following consideration of those submissions the Regulation was published in March 2017. The Regulation (PDF 205 KB) prescribes:

  • The scope of beverages covered by the scheme and the refund amount
  • Applications and approval requirements for collection point arrangements.
  • Matters for determining whether scheme participants are fit and proper persons.
  • Performance targets for the establishment and operation of collection points.
  • How material recycling facilities (MRFs) may claim refunds on containers collected through the kerbside recycling system, and incentives for councils and MRFs to negotiate sharing of those refunds.
  • Reporting obligation of the scheme coordinator.
Page last updated: 31 May 2017