Waste not, want not for South Australians

Looking ahead: The South Australian Government is asking for feedback as it reviews its container deposit scheme. Photo: Chokchai Poomichaiya
Looking ahead: The South Australian Government is asking for feedback as it reviews its container deposit scheme. Photo: Chokchai Poomichaiya

If you are a South Australian, whether adult or child, most of you would have made money through the state’s container deposit scheme.

Through consultation, the State Government is now asking people to make suggestions and comments on how to improve the container deposit scheme (CDS) as a way of litter reduction and providing better recycling opportunities.

For over 40 years the scheme has saved millions of containers and bottles from polluting waterways, roadsides and landfills.

State Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said South Australia had led the country in reducing litter with the introduction of the scheme in 1977.

“Finding innovative solutions that reduce waste, improve our environment and benefit our community is critical to ensuring South Australia continues to lead the nation in waste management and litter reduction,” Mr Speirs said.

“The container deposit scheme also provides a financial benefit to community groups, sporting clubs and charities that collect empty containers for refund and supports an industry of container recyclers.

“In 2017/18 over $60 million was refunded in South Australia.

Mr Speirs said public consultation was an important element in improving recycling and resource recovery.

“Your views and feedback will help inform the scope of the issues to be considered in the review and the research required to inform the review,” he said.

“These initial discussions will inform a CDS review discussion paper for stakeholder and community consultation in mid-2019.

“Your involvement in each stage of the review is sought to generate informed and evidence based discussions and recommendations for change.”

Feedback could include topics such as revising the refund amount, types of containers accepted, access to collection depots, display of refund on cans or bottles, types of refund payments, and more.

- Details: To make a comment or submission email epainfo@sa.gov.au, mail to GPO Box 2607, Adelaide 5000 or visit https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/container-deposit-scheme/about

Closing date  is Friday, February 22.