Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 - EDO NSW submission

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016

September 2016 – Download PDF

This EDO NSW submission makes brief comments on the NSW Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 and the associated Regulatory Framework Discussion Paper. EDO NSW has consistently argued that mandatory product stewardship should be enshrined in law. We therefore welcome the intent to introduce legislation to establish a container deposit scheme for NSW.

However, we note that several key details will be determined once the Bill is passed. We argue that the regulatory architecture must set clear targets, and ensure transparency and integrity of the new scheme. We recommend that sufficient time be allocated to comprehensively consult on the detail in the regulation and administrative guidelines.

View previous submissions on this issue, in particular EDOs of Australia submission on the threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia and Australian waters, October 2015.

See also How can we stem the tide of a plastic-polluted future?, by EDO NSW Senior Policy & Law Reform Solicitor Nari Sahukar, October 2015.