Member for Albury Greg Aplin today announced the NSW Government would extend financial assistance to independent NSW retailers impacted by the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) near the southern border until 2020.
Mr Aplin said a 12-month financial and advisory assistance package, which was due to end in December, will now be extended by two years to eligible retailers.
“This is a great result that will give NSW border retailers the confidence to compete with their southern counterparts on a level playing field,” Mr Aplin said.
“This will help eligible NSW retailers on the border compete with Victorian businesses that operate outside the CDS scheme and help with their transition to the new market conditions.
“It’s clear that the people of NSW are behind the CDS with a recent survey showing 81 per cent of the public support the scheme, with only six per cent opposed.
“Almost a billion containers have been deposited in Return and Earn reverse vending machines in NSW since the scheme was launched December 2017.
“This temporary assistance means border businesses will have the financial support and business advice they need to adjust to the introduction of the CDS,” he said.
NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs said the support package will be guided by the work done through IPART and administered by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC), providing support based on individual business circumstances.
“The first transitional assistance package has been based on work done through the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), to ensure all issues were considered, and we will continue to work with businesses affected to ensure they received the appropriate support moving forward,” Ms Hobbs said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said he was pleased to see support extended for regionally-based businesses that have been affected by the scheme, taking the total support period for border businesses to three years.
“We are committed to growing and supporting regional business so I’m very pleased to be able to deliver a solution that works for border businesses,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It’s important we deliver relief that keeps businesses competitive and sustainable under the CDS,” Mr Barilaro said.
The ACT commenced a container deposit scheme in June while Queensland is expected to implement a scheme at the end of 2018. Victoria has not yet committed to a container deposit scheme.
For more information on the ‘Return and Earn’ recycling scheme visit https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/yourenvironment/recycling-and-reuse/return-and-earn