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November 11, 2009

Southern Courier

National CDL system long overdue – Ministers must act now

NSW councils are urging State and Federal Environment Ministers to endorse a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) on Container Deposit Legislation (CDL) at the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) meeting in Perth today.
President of the Local Government Association Cr Genia McCaffery says the RIS is the crucial next step to secure CDL for NSW and Australia.

“Mayors across NSW have signed a letter to the Prime Minister and State and Federal Environment Ministers urging them to take immediate action on CDL,” she said.

“It’s been such a long and arduous task to get to this point and we simply can’t let this opportunity slip away.

“NSW is lagging so far behind other states like South Australia, where CDL has successfully operated for more than 30 years.

“CDL is expected to save councils $75 million per year, while only costing consumers 0.4 cents per container.

“When endorsing the RIS, the government needs to ensure that it acknowledges the current costs to councils delivering kerbside systems and also quantifies the potential savings for Local Government.”

President of the Shires Association Cr Bruce Miller says CDL will bring a range of benefits to rural and regional communities.

“Communities will establish collection hubs and depots and be reimbursed a handling fee for their participation, while helping improve the environment at the same time,” he said.
“CDL will provide more than 250,000 rural Australians with access to recycling for the first time.

“It’s also an opportunity to rightly shift the responsibility for packaging from councils to the producers and consumers of waste, so we urge the government to take swift action.”

In their letter to Ministers, Mayors stressed the benefits of a CDL system, including:
• Up to 1 million tonnes of increased recycling providing resource conservation and energy savings in manufacture.
• The efficient collection of “away-from home” containers which comprise around 50% of all containers purchased.
• 1.5 million tonnes p.a. of increased greenhouse gas abatement.
• A 12-15% reduction in litter.
• Enough water savings to permanently supply 24,000 Australian homes.


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