Container Scheme A Win For The Hills Shire

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott says the decision by the NSW Government to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) is a win for The Hills.

Mr Elliott, who has lobbied Cabinet for the introduction of a CDS for two years, said the decision would ensure local sporting fields were maintained properly, with financial incentives on offer for people to take their rubbish with them when they leave.

“We live in the Garden Shire and the Garden Shire is having to spend every Sunday and Monday morning picking up plastic Coca-Cola, sports drinks and water bottles,” Mr Elliott said.

“This decision will ensure that our sporting groups, families and others who use our recreational facilities will have a reason to pick up after themselves.

“Independent advice states that a state-based scheme, using reverse vending machines and targeting containers that are predominantly consumed away-from-home, will be both cost efficient and effective.

“Importantly, it will also complement, rather than compete with, our existing kerbside recycling system.”

Mr Elliott said that, although there would be objections to the scheme, the benefits will draw broad community support.

“I know I speak for a large majority of my constituents in Baulkham Hills when I say I would be more than happy to pay the extra ten cents, which you can get back, than have to see bottles strewn throughout our parklands,” Mr Elliott said.

“This is no different to using coin deposit trolleys at the supermarket, except that this is a practical way people can take ownership of caring for the environment.”