Govt delays CDS implementation
There has been a positive result in WABA’s fight to get relief from the Container Deposit Scheme for members when the State Government confirmed this week it would delay the introduction of the recycling tax.
Under the scheme, consumers would get a 10-cent refund for each beer can or bottle returned to a special reverse vending machine.
However, breweries would be required to pay to fund the scheme, meaning each can or bottle could cost up to 15 cents, including GST.
In NSW, the costs of the scheme have forced up the average cost of a carton to around $4.50.
A similar scheme was initially scheduled to start on January 1,2019. It was subsequently pushed back to July 1 but a spokesman for the Environment Minister told WABA this week the CDS wouldn’t be activated until 2020 – at the earliest.
WABA has lobbied MPs of all political persuasions to get assistance for members. That strategy will continue but the decision to delay the implementation indicates the government is keen to avoid the mistakes and the ease the burden on breweries that has dogged the NSW scheme.