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NSW Government set to introduce a drinks container deposit scheme

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Recycling cans bottles 460x250A drinks container deposit scheme is to be introduced in NSW within the next few weeks as part of a plan to clean up the state's beaches and parks.

The details of the cash for containers scheme are still being finalised but it is likely to feature a rebate of 10 cents per item.

The NSW Government has been negotiating with the drinks industry to introduce the system and Environment Minister Rob Stokes said similar initiatives had proved highly successful in reducing waste in public spaces around the world.

"The beverage industry obviously has a responsibility in terms of the extent of producer liability for their products," Mr Stokes said.

"But we recognise that Government has a strong leadership role to play," he said.

"What we are interested in doing is working together effectively to produce solutions to a shared problem, which is litter and waste in our environment."

NSW is following in the footsteps of The City Of Sydney Council, who have been trialing recycling machines in Haymarket and Circular Quay, which offers rewards points, donations to charity etc in a "reverse vending machine" style of unit.
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