Queensland to launch container deposit scheme in two years
Queensland will introduce a container deposit scheme in 2018, Environment Minister Steven Miles has announced.
Miles revealed that Queensland and New South Wales have also entered into high level talks about setting up a single-scheme administrator.
According to Miles, “We want a seamless system that’s good for the environment and friendly for business. No one wants an outcome where the rules that apply to a bottle of soft drink sold at Tweed Heads, are different to the one you buy at the Gold Coast.
“A single administrator could cover both states to deliver the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness. We will work closely with the Baird Liberal Government of NSW to deliver a CDS in both states.”
Miles adds that there is considerable industry and community support for a container deposit scheme.
“A 2015 NewsPoll showed 86 percent of Queenslanders wanted a container deposit scheme,” he says.
“South Australia has had a similar scheme since the 1970s, the Northern Territory introduced one in 2011 and NSW will introduce their scheme next year. We are looking at aligning our scheme with NSW, where people will be able to take empty drink containers to a collection depot, or place it in a reverse vending machine to receive a 10-cent refund.”
In NSW, most drinks sold in containers between 150ml and three litres will be included – with eligible containers to be clearly marked. Plain milk, pure juice and wine containers will not be included in the scheme, according to Miles.