Government looks at bottle refund plan

Consumers will get a 10-cent refund when they return a drink bottle under a scheme being floated by the NSW government.

The option is part of a discussion paper on introducing a container recycling scheme.

This option would see drink prices rise by 10 cents, which would be refunded when the container is returned to a collection site.

These sites could include a “reverse vending machine” which would read the number of containers inserted and print a docket.

The docket would then be redeemable for cash.

Beverage companies have complained about the cost of this model and provided an alternative plan, which include an annual $15 million investment by the industry to reduce litter in NSW.

The discussion paper is available on the Environment Protection Authority’s website.

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