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Container Deposit Levy no threat: Williams

Saturday, 11th January, 2014

By Nick Gibbs

The proposed introduction of a national Container Deposit Levy will add an average of $300 to Broken Hill resident’s annual shopping basket, according to the National Packaging Covenant Industry Association.

CEO Stan More reported that as well as increasing the financial burden on consumers, the proposed levy also had the potential to influence City Council’s approach to waste collection.

“The proposals also threaten recycling and garbage collection services, as Broken Hill City Council will find it more costly to run regular recycling collections if these containers are being taken out of the system,” he said.

“On top of this, there is also an increased risk to public health and sanitation caused by the hoarding and scavenging of bottles from private and public bins.”

Mr Moore proposed a better approach to recycling could be reached through building on the current system.

“The alternative solution is to not only continue with the current scheme but to expand on this through added corporate and public initiatives. For example, over the next 10 years, through the Australian Packaging Covenant, industry aims to invest $115 million in litter reduction and recycling schemes across the country,” he said.

Member for Murray-Darling and strong supporter of the Container Deposit Levy John Williams disagreed with the arguments posed by Mr Moore and disputed the relevance to the local region.

“This is a guy who is not in touch with what is happening in regional areas,” Mr Williams siad.

“Broken Hill is an area that doesn’t match any of those situations,” he said.

“Obviously there are going to be two sides to the proposal and this is one of them, but none of these arguments are valid in Broken Hill.”

Mr Williams confirmed he would continue offering his absolute support to the Container Deposit Levy which has now been on the COAG agenda for six years.

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