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Environment Protection Authority survey on the review of the Container Deposit Scheme - Circular 50.12

To Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development and Tourism Staff
Environment Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Recycling - Waste Management
Sustainability Officers
Date 12 December 2019
Contact Emily Heywood-Smith
Email: emily.heywoodsmith@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 24 January 2020
Summary The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is undertaking a review of the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) to identify opportunities to improve the scheme and further support the resource recovery sector. The EPA is asking councils to complete a survey on the value of the CDS to councils, communities and the sector. The EPA is asking councils to return the survey by 24 January 2020.

In January 2019, the State Government initiated a review of the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) with the release of the scoping paper “Improving South Australia’s Recycling Makes Cents: a scoping paper to review SA’s container deposit scheme”.  The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is undertaking the review and coordinating input from stakeholders through a CDS stakeholder reference group. 

LGA member councils unanimously carried a motion at the Ordinary General Meeting (April 2019) seeking the inclusion of wine bottles in the CDS. 

The EPA is currently undertaking a number of pieces of work that will provide an evidence base for a more detailed discussion paper on proposed changes to the CDS to be released in early 2020.  The EPA is asking councils to complete a survey on the value of the CDS and on the economic, social and environmental impacts to councils and communities from any proposed changes to the scheme. 

An introductory letter from the EPA is available EPA letter(978 kb). 

The EPA survey represents a significant opportunity for the local government sector to inform the direction of the CDS review and the LGA encourages all councils to complete the survey.  The LGA has also developed a guiding template with LGA comments to inform member councils in completing the survey. The LGA also encourages councils that are associated with particular waste subsidiaries to liaise with those subsidiaries in completion of the survey. 

The LGA has heard from councils and waste subsidiaries that including wine bottles in the scheme would be highly beneficial for councils.  The LGA is currently commissioning an economic analysis report that seeks to quantify the benefit to councils of including wine bottles in the CDS.  However, it will be helpful to the LGA advocacy activities in this regard if councils also highlight the particular benefits to their council in their survey responses. 

Please click here for the EPA Survey(157 kb) and the LGA guiding template(70 kb). 

Surveys must be returned to Jarvis.webb@rawtec.com.au. 

We would appreciate if you would also provide a copy to emily.heywoodsmith@lga.sa.gov.au. 

If you have any queries, please contact Emily Heywood-Smith, Senior Policy Officer, on ph: 8224 2033 or email: emily.heywoodsmith@lsa.sa.gov.au. 

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