It should not come as a surprise that the implementation date for the NSW container deposit scheme has been pushed back to December 1.
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Newly appointed Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced on Thursday that following requests from environment groups and industry bodies, the CDS will now be rolled out from December 1 to "ensure maximum possible state-wide coverage from day one".

"Clean Up Australia and the Boomerang Alliance, along with industry stakeholders, have asked for an extension of time to make sure the container deposit scheme is a world leading program, from day one," Gabrielle Upton said.

Boomerang Alliance Director Jeff Angel said the Alliance fought hard for the container deposit scheme and wanted to ensure it would work efficiently for the community and business to maximise the environmental benefits.

"The Alliance understood that getting the container deposit scheme up and running was a very complicated process. It's better to delay the implementation by a few months, so the scheme is ready from day one," Angel said.

Under the scheme, people in NSW will be able to return most empty beverage containers between 150ml and three litres to collection points for a 10-cent refund.

The container deposit scheme will give people a financial incentive to do the right thing and recycle drink containers in a bid to reduce the estimated 160 million drink containers littered every year.

The Australian Food and Grocery Council director of economics and sustainability Tanya Barden said the beverage industry supported an efficient and effective container deposit scheme in NSW.

"We're pleased that the NSW government has listened to industry's and environmental groups' views about the complexity of introducing such as scheme. This extension allows the time to put the fundamentals in place so that the scheme can operate smoothly for both consumers and industry," Barden said.

The local government sector has also backed the decision.

"This is an eminently sensible decision by Minister Upton and it has the sector's full backing," Local Government NSW president Keith Rhoades said.

"Councils spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year picking up litter, and would much prefer to be investing this money in other community services.

"The scheme has the potential to cut litter in NSW by up to 43%, but the complexity of the collection and refund processes required have become increasingly clear. The five-month extension announced by Minister Upton today will make it easier to ensure the supporting infrastructure and resources are in place before the scheme begins.

"It means there is also extra time to extend the scheme's coverage into rural and regional local government areas."