The long-awaited container deposit scheme will begin in NSW on December 1, and so will the hidden costs associated with the service.
Central Cellarbrations manager Troy Bright said the unfortunate consequence of the recycling scheme will be an increase in costs for some products.
Independently owned and operated supermarkets and liquor stores, in particular, will be forced to increase their prices to accommodate the 10c refund per can and bottle.
The increased costs will also help fund administration costs of the scheme and the provision of recycling reverse vending machines.
Mr Bright said as a result, the NSW only scheme will have a negative impact on the local economy.
‘‘Unfortunately, someone has to be pay for these schemes and this time it will be the workers,’’ Mr Bright said.
‘‘The reality is that we’ll see a 15 per cent increase per can or bottle able to be recycled under the scheme. That equates to about $4 more for a 24 pack and about $5 more for a 30 pack.
‘‘At the end of the day it’s not a bad scheme, but the downfall is that it’s not being implemented nationally.
‘‘It’s wrong that this is only in New South Wales, and I am really worried about what this will do the Deniliquin economy.
‘‘New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian does not seem to want to believe that people will go across the border to buy their alcohol, and bring the cans and bottles back to New South Wales to recycle and get the container deposit back.’’
Australian Liquor Stores Association chief executive officer Terry Mott said the NSW Government ‘‘seems reluctant’’ to let the community know that the scheme will have a big impact on the average consumer’s hip pocket.
‘‘New South Wales retailers will bear the brunt of consumer backlash over this policy and have been urging the government to get a public education campaign up and running,’’ Mr Mott said.
‘‘As neighbouring states do not have a deposit scheme, the New South Wales scheme will also be confusing for consumers and problematic for wholesalers and retailers to manage, particularly around border communities with the ACT, Victoria and Queensland.
‘‘Is the New South Wales Government setting itself up for ‘strike three’ over yet another policy that is being rushed through without adequate consultation with key stakeholders and without bringing the community along with it?
‘‘Hot on the heels of the greyhound racing fiasco and the prolonged council amalgamations that have proven to be too politically hot to handle, residents are now facing significant price increases on their favourite beverages — running into the Christmas trading period — all instigated by the government.’’
The container deposit scheme is described by the NSW Government as a ‘return and earn’ scheme, and provides a 10c refund for eligible containers recycled.
It includes most cans and plastic and glass bottle between 150ml and 3L. It does not include spirit or wine bottles, or some milk, cordial and juice containers.
The government says return and earn will be the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW, and will help meet the Premier’s goal of reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40 per cent by 2020.