Container deposit scheme will happen for Queensland


There will be a container deposit scheme (CDS) in Queensland by the 2018 state election, whichever party seizes power.

Liberal Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls announced his support for a container deposit scheme late last week and promised to introduce one to the state if elected in two years.

Based on South Australia’s CDS, introduced in 1975, the Queensland scheme will involve a 10 cent deposit charged on drink containers between 150ml and three litres – like plastic bottles and aluminium cans – which will be refunded when the container is returned to a depot or via reverse vending machines.

The Liberals have said the scheme would cost about $25 million and be bankrolled by the 20 per cent of containers which are expected not to be returned. In addition, up to 200 jobs would be created.

Meanwhile Queensland Environment Minister Stephen Miles said: “I hope this is the LNP turning over a new leaf, supporting sensible ideas to clean up our environment. I’ve got a bunch of other plans they can support too.

“It’s a far cry from their position last year when Stephen Bennett said Queensland’s “dispersed population does not lend itself to consolidated container collection and recycling”.

He said Labor was committed to investigating a cash for cans type of scheme for Queensland and it had been allowed for in the state budget, due this month.

The Queensland government has established an advisory group to design the scheme, including representatives from the drinks industry, local government, waste and recycling firms and environment and community groups.

Dr Miles said the CDS would be consistent with the main elements of the NSW scheme, which Premier Mike Baird is aiming to introduce by July 2017.

“We’re working closely with New South Wales – who’ve committed to introduce their scheme by 2017 – to ensure any scheme we advance for Queensland is consistent on the key elements with what is rolled out south of the border,” Dr Miles said.

“But more than that, achieving consistency between NSW and Queensland will avoid creating major new problems affecting South East Queensland and, especially, the Gold Coast.

“An example of what we need to avoid can be seen from what happened when the Newman-Nicholls Government scrapped Queensland’s waste levy. The consequence of that rash decision is that over 300,000 tonnes of garbage from Sydney is now being dumped in the Gold Coast every year.”

While container deposit schemes have been successful and have popular support, drinks industry giants have been staunch opponents, believing they hit drinks sales hard.

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3 thoughts on “Container deposit scheme will happen for Queensland

  1. I think Coca-Cola had the right idea – print a code on the labels, which you can register at a website and collect points. I got $500 worth of free merchandise out of the Coke Rewards scheme, which has now closed. It certainly had me collecting Coca-Cola bottles!

  2. Container deposit schemes work well in Europe, especially in Germany where even plastic bottles are refundable. I was in Cologne on an especially hot day when people were all over the parks and drinking lots. Refugee migrants and people living on the streets were quite thorough in going around the parks and picking up the empties. People, myself included, were also happy to finish their almost empty bottles and hand them over to these collectors. Not a bottle was to found thrown on the ground and polluting the public spaces.

  3. Container deposit schemes is fare the best decision the state Government parties have come up with in many years , this scheme should be rolled out ASAP so the youth of today can see the future in a positive way , and may indeed help themselves and the Planet move into the clean future, congratulations Mike Baird great move forward.

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