Support for ACT CDS at an all-time high

The release of the ACT’s 2019-20 Container Deposit Scheme Annual Statutory Report has shown support among Canberrans is at an all-time high with strong and growing participation.

“The report shows that since the ACT Container Deposit Scheme commenced on 30 June 2018, over 148.1 million containers have been redeemed,” City Services Minister Chris Steel said.

“Participation during the year increased across the territory, with 42 per cent of Canberrans contributing to the scheme, which is an increase of 10 per cent from the previous financial year.”

The Annual Statutory Report highlights that more than 75.5 million containers were returned through the scheme for recycling in the financial year. Of those, 45 million containers were redeemed through the 21 collection points across the ACT.

This was a 22 per cent increase in the number of containers returned through the ACT network of collection points from the previous year, rather than being sent to the Hume Materials Recovery Facility – via household yellow bins – which received more than 30 million containers.

“The environment is also a big winner with one of the goals of the scheme to reduce litter,” Steel said.

He added that the 2019-20 Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index Report showed a dramatic difference in containers found in the ACT litter stream.

“Only two per cent were eligible drink containers which was a decline of 17.5 per cent from the previous year,” Steel said.

“Canberrans are some of our nation’s greatest recyclers and this report confirms we continue to improve our recycling capability.”

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