Have Your Say on Container Deposit Scheme


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is inviting Territorians to comment on the operations of the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

The CDS commenced in the Northern Territory in January 2012 and provides a 10 cent refund on approved beverage containers returned through collection depots.

DENR Environmental Authorisations acting director, Leonie Cooper, said participating in the survey gives Territorians an opportunity to contribute to improvements in consumer experience with CDS, and the environmental and community benefits that could come from improving access and operations of the CDS.

“The CDS has delivered many benefits to the Territory community, such as financial boosts to schools and community groups, as well as increased recycling rates and reduced litter in our environment,” Ms Cooper said.

“More than 90 million containers were collected by collection depots last financial year (2016-17) from Territorians, the most collected in any 12 month period since the scheme began.

“Collection depots paid out more than $9 million to Territorians during this time and this further demonstrates that Territorians continue to support the CDS.”

Ms Cooper said CDS infrastructure grants have provided businesses and organisations with one off funding to purchase equipment or infrastructure for projects that aim to improve public access across the Northern Territory.

In 2016-17 eight infrastructure grants were awarded totalling $139,852 and in 2017-18 a total of $130,116 has been allocated to provide five organisations the opportunity to acquire infrastructure for collecting approved containers.

Please visit www.denr.nt.gov.au/cdsreview to comment and complete the short survey before the 3 April 2018 closing date.

The survey is completely confidential, anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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