Government announces beverage container return scheme – New Zealand

Posted on October 6, 2019 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Consumers will get between 5-20 cents back when they recycle their drink bottles.

Source: Government announces beverage container return scheme

“Too many beverage containers end up in landfill, on the streets, in rivers and in the ocean. Our recovery rates are only between 42 and 58 per cent,” Sage said.

She said the scheme was designed to incentivise more recycling of these items.

“[Beverage containers] would again become something of value, and we would see increased opportunities recycling and new opportunities for refilling.”

The design proposal will be presented to the Government by August 2020 and it is anticipated the scheme could be operational by 2022.

Well done to New Zealand, buy why do these things take so long to bring in?  The recent huge successes in New South Wales and Queensland on their CDS scheme should make it very easy for NZ to bring this in.