Container Deposit Tax To Hurt NSW Families
NSW families will be the big losers if a planned container deposit tax is introduced, with more than 1.8 million NSW households finding it difficult to travel to a remote deposit centre for a partial refund on their drink containers.
That means NSW families will be hit with an unnecessary $1 billion recycling bill, despite Australia already boasting one of the most successful recycling rates in the world.
Under the proposed Container Deposit Scheme, consumers will pay an extra 20 cents on every bottle, can or container they buy. They would then need to take them to a deposit centre for a partial refund of 10 cents.
For Australians living in regional and remote communities, the distance to drive to a deposit centre could become costly in time and fuel.
In addition, 400 NSW jobs1 are under threat from the container deposit tax in drink manufacturing, distribution and packaging hubs, including those around Auburn, Campbelltown, Penrith, Parramatta and Smithfield, who will be most at risk of job losses.
Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker said, “Milk and juice producers are also expected to be affected by falling demand, caused by higher prices at the checkout. Major dairying and juice communities, including those in in Bega, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth and Murrumbidgee are also expected to be affected by falling demand, caused by higher prices at the checkout and should not be threatened by another green tax adding unnecessary cost to their products.
“The Greens’ claims that a container tax would generate thousands of new jobs should be treated with utmost scepticism. The livelihood of more than 400 Victorians, and their families, should not be risked on the basis of the Greens’ promises, particularly at a time when manufacturing in the state is under acute pressure.
1 ACIL Tasman: National Container Deposit Scheme Impacts, Projected Changes in Australian Retail Volumes and Associated Employment Impacts by Beverage Category September 2011.