I welcome Premier Mike Baird’s announcement that a re-elected Liberals & Nationals Government will introduce reverse vending machines across the state as part of a cost-effective container deposit scheme for the recycling of drink containers. If re-elected the Baird Government will introduce reverse vending machines by 1 July 2017 to help communities look after their local environment by being better equipped to tackle litter and increase recycling.
Under this exciting new initiative, communities will be rewarded for their recycling efforts through the use of reverse vending machines at popular parks, waterways, beaches and other public spaces across NSW. Reverse vending machines will be installed in the Heathcote Electorate – offering our communities the opportunity to be rewarded for contributing to positive environmental outcomes.
We will be consulting with the community on the key aspects of the scheme, including:
- The incentives for the community to participate in the scheme;
- The location of reverse vending machines; and
- The role of our local councils and the recycling industry in contributing to the scheme.
If re-elected, I look forward to working with you in helping develop the scheme and delivering better environmental outcomes for our local community. I’m proud to be part of a government that has listened to strong community concerns about litter and will introduce a container deposit scheme in just over two years.
Under Mike Baird’s leadership we have the ambitious goal of having the lowest litter rate in the nation and a container deposit scheme will be a crucial element in achieving that goal.