Beverage Council Welcomes Government’s Container Refund Announcement
“The New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC) welcomes the announcement today that the Government is providing funding to
start design work for a container refund scheme.
“As an industry, we share New Zealanders concerns about packaging waste and we know that as an industry, we have an
important role to play in helping develop solutions,” says NZBC spokesperson Stephen Jones.
“Container refund schemes are utilised in a number of countries around the world and it is an option that is worth
exploring in New Zealand,” says Mr Jones.
“Well designed schemes have the potential to lift New Zealand’s recycling rates and improve the quality of material
collected. International experience suggests the best schemes are those that are run by industry, on a not-for-profit
basis and with clear government targets.
“We are absolutely committed to working positively and collaboratively with Auckland and Marlborough Councils to develop
a framework for world-class and cost-effective container refund scheme that works well for consumers, industry and
recyclers for government consideration next year.”