Monday, 30 January 2017 15:28

Cash for cans a step closer

Child holding crushed soft drink cans. Child holding crushed soft drink cans. iStock

A NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is another step closer with consultation on the draft regulation closing in December.

WSROC has been heavily involved in the design and implementation of the Scheme since consultation began in 2015; participating in a number of State Government working groups, and reviewing draft regulation in conjunction with Western Sydney councils.

WSROC’s most recent submission, on the draft Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016, advocates for:

  • councils to be able to claim retrospective payments from the commencement of the Scheme;
  • equitable sharing arrangements to be established between councils and their recycling facility operators (MRF) for containers collected via kerbside pick-up;
  • a formal dispute resolution process should councils and MRF operators have difficulty in reaching a refund sharing arrangement; and
  • communities to have adequate and convenient access to refund collection points; and
  • that CDS be supported through incentivised pick up of containers already in the environment.

It is hoped that these measures will maximise outcomes for councils, the community and the environment.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “CDS regulation will have an impact on many council’s waste operations once the scheme is implemented, therefore it is essential we get this right.”

“I am pleased to see that several previous recommendations made by WSROC regarding the cash for containers scheme have since been adopted as part of the CDS legislation,” he said.

Adopted recommendations include:

  • the inclusion of alternative waste treatment as a class of MRF operator for purposes of this scheme;
  • the requirement of a MRF operator to enter into a refund sharing agreement with a council regardless of whether they have a direct contractual agreement; and
  • the allowance of MRF operators to claim payments for non-domestic sources of waste from a council area.

“WSROC hopes that the finalised CDS regulations will allow councils and their communities to receive the appropriate reward for good recycling efforts whether through kerbside collection, litter management or direct CDS drop-off points,” said Cr Bali.


Further information:

WSROC submission to the draft Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulation 2016 (Published 23 December, 2016)

WSROC submission to the draft Bill and Regulatory Framework 1 (Published September, 2016)

WSROC submission to the NSW Container Deposit Scheme Discussion Paper (Published February, 2016)

WSROC news story: WSROC responds to proposed Container Deposit Scheme (Published 23 September, 2016)

WSROC news story: Councils eligible for refund under Container Deposit Scheme (Published 31 May, 2016)

WSROC news story: WSROC represents communities and councils in CDS discussions (Published 30 October, 2015)



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