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GRCCC Sends Submission to Support Container Deposit Scheme in NSW

 

Following the GRCCC Annual General Meeting in October in which it discussed the matter of a Container Deposit Scheme in NSW and the commissioned study by Local Government and Shires Association of NSW, the GRCCC strongly supports the NSW Container Deposit System and urges the NSW Government to do the same.  

The study showed that the Container Deposit model applied by South Australia has resulted in an 80% recycling rate by consumers over 35 years (compared to 40-50% nationally). In addition, a Newspoll[1] found that 82% of residents nationally, support a CDS.

The Local Government and Shires Association of NSW commissioned an independent study[2] into the impacts of a Container Deposit System (CDS). The report titled The impacts (cost/benefits) of the introduction of a container deposit/refund system (CDS) on kerbside recycling and councils (August 2012) takes into account the economic and infrastructure impacts of a CDS to Councils, to materials recovery facilities (MRF), and to ratepayers. The study found that:

  • That a CDS would reduce council recycling costs between 19% and 47%
  • That a CDS could save NSW local government between $23 and $62 million annually
  • That kerbside recycling would contain 17% less material
  • That MRF material revenues would be 31% higher under a CDS than they are today


[2] Griffith, C. (2012). The impacts (cost/benefits) of the introduction of a container deposit/refund system (CDS) on kerbside recycling and councils. Prepared for LGSA of NSW by Mike Ritchie & Associates, Australia. Available: www.lgnsw.org.au/news

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