When it comes to keeping our environment free from unsightly beverage litter, South Australia has set a remarkable example through its Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). Although this scheme is far from being new for Australia, it is going to be implemented for the first time in Queensland from 1st of November 2023.
What sets it apart is the core principle of the ‘polluter pays’, which means that the person who discards an empty container forfeits their right to a refund. This simple but effective rule ensures that someone else can benefit by picking up that container and collecting the refund. As a part of this legislation, the beverage industry is obligated to take greater responsibility for its packaging post-sale.
This is all possible due to the convenience of an extensive depot network across South Australia, that allows for hassle-free returns of empty containers.
So what is exactly changing for Queensland?
- Glass wine bottles (150ml up to 3L) will be eligible for a 10c refund
- Glass wine bottles sold into Queensland will need to contain a barcode and a refund mark
Beyond its environmental benefits, the container deposit scheme offers a financial advantage to community groups, sporting clubs, and charities. These organisations can collect empty containers for a refund, allowing them to raise funds for their various initiatives. This not only promotes recycling but also fosters a sense of community involvement and shared responsibility.
If you are new to this legislation and are a Vinsight user we have you covered. Click on the link below to read more about this feature and how it can help you comply with your legal obligations. https://docs.vinsight.net/setting-up-quantity-based-taxes