The New South Wales scheme is set to be introduced by the 1st of July 2017. CRN Australia has been involved in the development of the New South Wales scheme through the Boomerang Alliance and CRN Australia Deputy Convener, Miles Lochhead has been participating in the NSW EPA consultation process.
A number models for the scheme have been proposed whereby a centralised scheme coordinator contracts network operators who are responsible for the recycling of containers and operation of collection points around the state. However, it is unsure what the final model will look like.
CRN Australia supports the Boomerang Alliances submission to the scheme which aims for a 'World's Best Scheme'. Miles emphasises that "We could have a 'World's Best Scheme' that acknowledges and supports the role of charities and non-profits under the scheme."
A 'World's Best Scheme' as proposed by the Boomerang Alliance would be designed based upon the best features of the 45 container deposit schemes which already in operation around the globe. It would make redemption easy by ensuring at least 800 reverse vending machines across the state. It would ensure that bottlers are liable to pay for the scheme and ensure it performs well, as opposed the the liability being placed on scheme coordinators. And finally, it would support charities and non-profits.
Miles said "The time frame for delivery of the scheme is ambitious and unrealistic and would likely compromise on the quality and delivery of the program. What's the rush if we could have a World's Best scheme?".
Dave West of the Boomerang Alliance will be speaking at the CRN Australia Annual National Forum 'Waste2Wages' to give an industry update on the Container Deposit Scheme and product stewardship.
For further information on the container deposit scheme contact Miles Lochhead, Deputy Convener, CRN Australia: firstname.lastname@example.org