Extension to Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme key to sustainable future
The decision to extend the timeframe for the introduction of Queensland’s industry-led container refund scheme has been welcomed by the Australian Beverages Council and its Members.
‘The Queensland Government has made a carefully considered decision to extend the introduction of the container refund scheme to 1 November 2018 in order to ensure the configuration of this important program is sustainable from the outset,’ said Mr Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council.
Stakeholders from government and industry have expressed a strong desire for the scheme to have support from all sectors of the community from the moment it is launched.
‘We thank the Queensland Government for having the insight to listen to stakeholders and, in particular the beverage industry, about our legitimate concerns. It is a shame that other governments have not exercised the wisdom shown by Queensland.’
‘Deferring the scheme’s commencement will ensure it commences operation from a solid platform, unlike other jurisdictions who are still struggling to repair dysfunctional operations. The combined efforts to date of the Government and the beverage industry will ensure this important scheme will have wide ranging benefits for Queensland residents and the environment,’ said Mr Parker.
The refund scheme will mean most drink containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres are eligible for a 10-cent refund.
A not-for-profit organisation, Container Exchange (CoEx), has been appointed as the Product Responsibility Organisation (PRO) to administer and run the container refund scheme on behalf of the Queensland Government. ‘In appointing CoEx, the Queensland Government is ensuring this is a true producer responsibility scheme, which logically, only the beverage industry could operate,’ concluded Mr Parker.
Information on the scheme, including eligible containers, can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y8ufhfx2.
Australian Beverages Council
The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body representing the collective interests of the non-alcoholic beverages industry. We strive to advance the industry as a whole, as well as successfully represent the range of beverages produced by our members. These include carbonated regular and diet soft drinks, energy drinks, sports and isotonic drinks, bottled and packaged waters, fruit juice and fruit drinks, cordials, iced teas, and ready-to-drink coffees.
The unified voice of the Australian Beverages Council offers our members a presence beyond individual representation in order to promote fairness in the standards, regulations, and policies concerning non-alcoholic beverages.
The Australian Beverages Council introduced a dedicated juice division, Fruit Juice Australia (FJA), in 2009 and a dedicated water division, the Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI), in 2011. Through these, our organisation, and its relevance and impact continue to grow.
For further information or to speak with Geoff Parker, CEO, Australian Beverages Council:
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