I was delighted to learn that COAG has decided to progress a Decision
Regulatory Impact Statement to consider the introduction of a Container Deposit
System (CDS). I have long advocated for Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) through both
the state and federal governments. Yarra Ranges Council first supported CDL in February, 2008.
The Decision Regulatory Impact Statement will explore the benefits of a CDS, long championed in Yarra Ranges. At the moment it is ratepayers and our
volunteers who bear the brunt and cost of litter created by people discarding their beverage containers into our environment.
A CDS would see a value put on this rubbish and also provide opportunities for
community groups to earn an income from other people’s rubbish.
I hope that the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement process includes
proper public consultation and a full and transparent submission process. For
too long we have waited for a CDS, something that’s been in place for decades
in South Australia. It would certainly make Yarra Ranges roadsides and
waterways much cleaner.
For more information and background on Container Deposit support:
presentation to standing committee on environment and planning legislation committee - november 2011
submission supporting the environment protection amendment bill - october 2011
submission management of australia's waste streams to senate standing committee on environment - july 2008
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