NSW steps up CDS plan with regulation consultation

NSW steps up CDS plan with regulation consultation

The NSW Government has opened an online public consultation on its draft container deposit scheme (CDS) regulation to obtain feedback from the public ahead of the scheme launch next year.

The draft regulation sets out the operational details for the day-to-day running of the running of the NSW CDS scheme and annual reporting requirements.

The document includes details about the types of containers that will be accepted, the amount that will be refunded to consumers at collection points, and the circumstances in which a container may be refused at a collection point.

It also covers how material recycling facilities will be able to claim refunds on containers collected through kerbside recycling system, and details of incentives for councils and material recycling facilities to negotiate sharing refunds.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said releasing the draft regulation was a key milestone for the CDS ahead of its planned launch on 1 July 2017.

“Releasing the draft regulation follows extensive community and stakeholder consultation on the design of the CDS,” Mr Speakman said.

“The draft regulation is important because it sets out critical operational details for the day-to-day running of the scheme.”

He added that finalising these matters is another major milestone towards rolling out the CDS next year.

The NSW Government has published the draft regulation on the NSW EPA website.

Stakeholders and members of the public can comment on the draft regulation via the Have Your Say website until 5.00pm on 23 December.

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