Container Deposit Scheme | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes, the Honourable Lily D’Ambrosio. The Andrews Labor government is encouraging all Victorians to have their say on how a statewide container deposit scheme, CDS, would work best to improve our recycling system and reduce litter pollution in our environment. Victorians are being asked to provide feedback on the proposed model for the container deposit scheme, which will be rolled out by 2023 and will create hundreds of jobs across the state. The CDS is a cash-for-cans system where empty cans, small bottles and cartons can be dropped off at collection points for a refund. Under the proposed model there would be split responsibility for the operation and governance.

This design maximises the number of bottles collected at the lowest cost for scheme delivery as well as ensuring strong transparency and accountability. The CDS network would include a variety of collection points, such as automated reverse vending machines in public places, drive-through depots, over the counter in shops and pop-up collection points at events and festivals. A CDS is a significant opportunity for community groups, charities and sporting clubs to share the benefits and raise much-needed funds, including through operating refund collection points and fundraising opportunities. Businesses will also have opportunities to operate collection sites across the state, creating new jobs in transport and logistics and through support services like technology management, community education, auditing and reporting.

Drink cans and bottles make up almost half of all the litter in Victoria. A CDS would significantly reduce this litter and help ensure a clean stream of recyclable materials can be re-used in new products instead of going to landfill or polluting the environment and harming our wildlife. The introduction of a CDS is part of the government’s $300 million Recycling Victoria program introducing a new approach to reduce, re-use and recycle our state’s waste. The action I seek from the minister is to provide my office with an update on the opening and closing dates for the consultations so constituents in my area of Western Metropolitan Region can have their say.