New plan to can litter

New plan to can litter

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RECYCLE: The plan aims to reduce litter in NSW.

RECYCLE: The plan aims to reduce litter in NSW.

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NSW could soon have its own container deposit scheme.

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NSW could soon have its own container deposit scheme.

The NSW Government last week introduced legislation to develop a cost-effective container deposit scheme.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the scheme would give people a financial incentive to recycle.

"This legislation puts us on track to enable the community to receive a 10 cent refund on eligible containers from July 1, which will make a massive difference to our environment, parks, waterways and beaches," he said.

Under the scheme people in NSW will be able to return eligible empty bottles between 150ml and three litres to collection points for a 10 cent refund.

Some containers won't be eligible, including those generally consumed at home and those not typically found in the litter stream. This includes plain milk, wine, pure fruit juice greater than one litre, health tonics and large flavoured milk containers.

In 2014-15, almost 160 million beverage containers were littered across the state. They accounted for nearly half of the state's litter volume.

The scheme is designed to contribute to the government's plan to reduce litter by 40 per cent by 2020.

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