Incentives for container recycling
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a strategy that places the responsibility on producers of consumer goods for post-consumer waste, such as packaging, and the product itself, once it reaches the end of its lifecycle. EPR is intended to motivate manufacturers to design products which produce less waste, use fewer resources, are easily recycled and contain fewer toxic ingredients. EPR programs, including Container Deposit Legislation (CDL), are currently in place in South Australia as well as countries like Germany, Canada, the United States, Japan and Korea.
In New South Wales, the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001 aims at introducing EPR through the encouragement of voluntary waste reduction schemes. Nationally, the Department of the Environment has placed on notice the manufacturers of specific products (such as computers, used tyres, office paper, treated timber, nickel cadmium batteries, plastic bags, agricultural chemicals, mobile phones) to substantially reduce the toxicity and environmental impact of their products.
To learn more about the NSW Local Government's push for container deposit legislation, visit the Local Government NSW's Container Deposits webpage.