MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is calling on local residents to help tackle drink container litter by having their say on the State Government’s container deposit scheme discussion paper – the next step in delivering on the election commitment to introduce a cost-effective container deposit scheme.
Mr Marshall said the discussion paper was designed to encourage comment and feedback on how a container deposit scheme should operate in NSW and some of the scheme’s key design principles.
“The government is committed to reducing litter and this is an opportunity for the Northern Tablelands communities to help shape the design of the NSW CDS, to get litter out of our beautiful local parks, roadsides and waterways,” Mr Marshall said.
“I am delighted that we will have a container deposit scheme in NSW – it cannot begin soon enough.
“Every year about 160 million drink containers are littered across NSW communities, so it’s clear we must act to help preserve our local natural environment.
“A cost-effective container deposit scheme will help cut down on this litter, make it easier for our communities to recycle and improve our neighbourhoods for everyone to enjoy.
“The container deposit scheme advisory committee was established to provide expertise in environmental matters, industry operations, recycling, innovation, behavioural psychology, Local Government and litter management.
“More than 100 stakeholders have provided support and input to the committee.”
The government has committed to implementing a container deposit scheme by 1 July 2017.
Public consultation on the discussion paper is open until Friday, 26 February.
To read the discussion paper, please visit the website at: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm.