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Container plan hits a few hiccups

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January 06, 2018

MURRAY River Council has nominated Moama and Barham as collection points under the NSW Government’s container deposit scheme.

Return and Earn started across the state on December 1 as a way to effectively reduce and manage container waste.

It is the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW, and will help meet the government’s goal of reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40 per cent by 2020.

But not everyone has welcomed it with open arms. The opposition has labelled it a ‘‘complete shambles’’ and a former Murray Shire mayor has questioned whether the legislation could be premature.

Council’s engineering director Johan Louw said although the scheme was ‘‘tracking’’ behind it was too early to call as to whether it was a shambles or not.

He said collection points were expected be rolled out from December 1.

‘‘Legislation allows for eligible drink containers to be returned at designated collection points for a 10c refund through the NSW container deposit scheme,’’ Mr Louw said.

‘‘My understanding is that there is no enforcement involved, it is a voluntary scheme.

‘‘It is the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW, working towards reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40 per cent by 2020. NSW is the third Australian jurisdiction to adopt this scheme, with Queensland and the ACT to follow in 2018.

‘‘South Australia has the longest-running CDS in the country and sees a 76.5 per cent return rate for their beverage containers.

‘‘They also have a very high landfill diversion rate of 80 per cent across the board.’’

Shadow environment minister Penny Sharpe said the rollout of the scheme had been a “complete” shambles.

“There were meant to be 800 reverse vending machines in place but there are still only 52 listed, so the government has turned to newsagents, car washes and kebab shops as its fallback – but clearly it isn’t working.’’

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