Container Deposit Scheme

Nina Springle's legislation to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme to Victoria

The Greens have introduced a private member’s bill into the Victorian Parliament that would establish a container deposit scheme for Victoria.

Drink containers are the biggest contributors to rubbish in Australia (by volume). Clean Up Australia Day rubbish reports have consistently found that drink bottles and cans dominate the top ten items littered across Australia. In Victoria, the proportion of drinks containers (of all litter) is higher than the national average, and more than double the proportion in South Australia, where a container deposit scheme has existed for decades.

Research shows that container deposit schemes are highly effective in increasing recycling rates, reducing litter, and complementing kerbside recycling programs. These schemes exist in more than 40 jurisdictions (states, districts) in more than 20 countries around the world. And they’re sustainable; globally, these schemes have operated for an average of 28 years.

We’re very keen to hear everyone’s feedback about what we’re proposing to do. We’ve developed a briefing on the bill and a diagram showing how the scheme would work. Our briefing paper outlines the problem this Bill aims to address and explains how the scheme would work in practice. The mechanisms and legal requirements of the proposed scheme are contained in the Environment Protection Amendment (Container Deposit Bill) 2018 and the accompanying explanatory memorandum.

We’ll take feedback in two formats; you can respond to our questionnaire below or by writing your own submission.

You can make your submission via:
Mail: 1/1174 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham, 3192.

Our consultation on the bill will close 15 March 2018. We will incorporate feedback into the final version of the bill before it is debated in Parliament in the second half of 2018.


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