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SA LGA to host forum on discussion paper on CDS

The South Australian Local Government Association will be hosting an EPA information forum for local government to explore and discuss the CDS Review’s latest Discussion Paper.

On 25 September 2021 the Hon. David Speirs Minister for Environment and Water released the Improving South Australia’s Recycling Makes Cents Discussion Paper (“Discussion Paper”) as part of the review of South Australia’s container deposit scheme (“CDS”).

This discussion paper has been structured around the following key issues raised by the community, industry and CDS sector:

  • Objectives of the CDS
  • Containers included in the CDS
  • Scheme approvals and container markings
  • Container return rates
  • Governance of the CDS

CDS Review – local government information forum
The LGA and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are holding an information forum to explore the Discussion Paper. Local government staff can register to attend the information forum.

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The forum will provide councils with an opportunity to hear presentations on the CDS review from key EPA representatives. Council staff will also have an opportunity to discuss and explore key matters from the CDS Discussion Paper that are relevant to local government.

Forum details:

  • Date: Monday 18 October 2021
  • Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Location: online

Upon registration you will receive a calendar invite to save the date. Online meeting details will be distributed closer to the forum.

LGA submission on Discussion Paper
The LGA is providing a submission to the EPA on the Discussion Paper. Discussion from the information forum and written feedback received from local government will be utilised to inform the LGA submission to the EPA on the Discussion Paper.

To contribute to the LGA submission, the association wants interested parties to provide comments to Brianna McGee by no later than Friday 5 November 2021.

Background information on the CDS review
In January 2019 the State Government released a summary document titled “Single-use plastics and the Container Deposit Scheme” and a Scoping Paper titled “Improving South Australia’s Recycling Makes Cents”.

In February 2019, the Environment Protection Authority established the CDS Review Reference Group. The LGA is represented on the Reference Group. The Reference Group has undertaken significant work to shape proposals for reform of the CDS.

Separately, at the 2019 LGA Ordinary General Meeting, an Item of Business that asked the LGA to advocate to the State Government for wine bottles to be included into the CDS received the support of the sector.