NSW politicians are getting excited over the likelihood that NSW will actually have a container deposit scheme by mid 2016 under which waste packaging will be turned in for financial reimbursement.
Public consultation is open until 26 February 2016.
But, will local Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith (seat of Coogee) and Labor MP’s Ron Hoenig (Heffron) and Michael Daley (Maroubra) listen to Green MLC Dr Mehreen Faruqi urgings that they vote in a “real” container deposit scheme?
Or will our three representatives listen to the industry lobby and vote for a voluntary opt-in scheme in which the beverage companies are not even forced to offer consumers a financial deposit refund?
Dr Faruqi is urging people to make a submission now (deadline expires next week) and says,
“The NSW Government has released a discussion paper that contains two very different CDS proposals. One will deliver a refund CDS, similar to the South Australia model which has proven to reduce litter and increase recycling rates. The other is a beverage industry proposal called ‘Thirst for Good’ that won’t work and simply helps the beverage industry escape their responsibilities.”
Bruce Notley-Smith is also urging residents to make a submission but unlike MLC Faruqi is not flagging whether he will vote for or against NSW industry being forced into offering a non-voluntary refundable financial deposit on containers. At the time of writing it was unclear if Michael Daley or Ron Hoenig have published their positions.
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson says that Randwick Councillors have always supported the introduction of a container deposit scheme. He said,
“I dealt with all three of our local MP’s when we were all local Councillors on Randwick and Botany. The understanding that I always had when the topic of container deposit legislation came up was that we all thought that a compulsory refundable deposit was vitally needed to help Councils meet their State Government imposed waste reduction targets. So it is only fair that Bruce Notley-Smith, Ron Hoenig and Michael Daley should remember those days and come down on the side of local Government and tell Coke that it is our way or the highway.”
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