To help ensure the pathway is clear for the commencement of a Container Deposit Scheme in the ACT in early 2018, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has today been released for public comment by the ACT Government.

To help ensure the pathway is clear for the commencement of a Container Deposit Scheme in the ACT in early 2018, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has today been released for public comment by the ACT Government.

“A RIS is required as part of a process to exempt the ACT’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) and its enabling legislation from the Commonwealth mutual recognition laws,” Minister for Transport and City Services, Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said.

“The South Australia, Northern Territory and NSW schemes have received exemptions and the ACT is in the process to follow suit.”

An independent review of the ACT CDS by Marsden Jacob associates has found that the scheme will reduce environmental damage and improving recycling outcomes.

“This is due in part to the ACT scheme’s emphasis on harmonisation with the NSW scheme, ensuring that individuals and small business owners in the ACT and surrounding areas face a seamless regulatory environment and experience with the CDS,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“Beverage containers represent a large volume of litter and a CDS will help reduce this issue and provide a 10 cent refund for the recycling of eligible containers.”

The RIS will be open for comment until 9 February 2018 with more information on the Transport Canberra and City Services website at www.tccs.act.gov.au. Public input will help inform the final RIS that the Commonwealth will consider as part of the mutual recognition exemption process for a CDS in the ACT.

The establishment of a Container Deposit Scheme was both a Labor Election Commitment and part of the ACT Greens and ACT Labor Parliamentary Agreement.

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