NSW recruiting for CDS roles

The green aims of container deposit legislation (CDS)
As the NSW Government prepares to launch its Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) next July, it has opened applications for a Scheme Coordinator and network operators.

The NSW Premier Mike Baird announced details this past May of a NSW container deposit scheme (CDS) to commence from July 2017 to tackle litter across the state and improve recycling. The legislation for the program was passed in October.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the roles would be integral to the performance of the scheme.

“We need committed and qualified partners to maintain momentum and roll it out across the state from 1 July next year,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for community groups and charities around NSW to participate in the scheme which will help us achieve Premier Mike Baird’s Priority target of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.”

Pre-qualification applications are now open for CDS operational roles. The Scheme Coordinator will be responsible for the financial management, community education, auditing and validation of the CDS. Meanwhile, the network operators that will be responsible for establishing and running networks of collection sites across the state, and for transporting containers to recyclers.

Applications pre-qualification must be received via the NSW Government’s eTendering website no later than 5.00pm Monday 5 December. The criteria for assessing applicants and the submission requirements are included on the portal.

The NSW Government is also looking for potential collection point operators to send in their expressions of interest, so that they can be considered for selection when the network operators are appointed. Registrations for this can also be lodged through the eTendering website.

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