The State Government has scheduled the introduction of a Container Deposit Scheme for relevant food and drinks vessels from July 1 next year.
Like the recent move in New South Wales, and another planned for Queensland later this year, the scheme involves consumers receiving a 10-cent refund for each container returned to a reverse vending machine or collection depot.
This type of scheme has been disastrous in New South Wales and the Western Australian Brewers Association believes if the same model is brought into this State it will have a severe impact on members who sell packaged product.
For instance, the breweries’ costs to comply with the scheme could mean a regulation 330ml bottle of 375ml can could cost 18 cents each, even though the consumer will only receive a 10-cent refund.
Also, the scheme will likely be run by a group comprising macro breweries, including AB In-Bev, Lion and Asahi, as well as major soft drink manufacturer Coca-Cola Amatil.
WABA has launched a strategy to seek relief from the scheme for the majority of members. Executive Officer Ross Lewis is on a Government working committee arguing the detriments of the scheme. And Ross has also met a range of members of parliament from all political persuasions in a bid to ensure the pending legislation considers the plight of our small breweries.
In short, these are WABA’s key CDS points –
WABA also encourages individual breweries to work with their respective members of parliament to push the case for industry relief.
This scheme will be implemented. Local breweries need to be prepared for the consequences of the CDS.
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