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Cash for cans laws hit NSW parliament

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016

Drink-guzzling litterbugs will be offered a 10-cent sweetener to hand in their cans, under new laws tabled in the NSW parliament on Wednesday.

The drink container deposit scheme, expected to go live in July next year, is aimed at slashing the number of bottles and cans strewn across NSW parks, beaches and waterways by about 50 per cent.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said beverage containers accounted for almost half the state's mounds of trash, and it was time to provide incentives for people to "do the right thing".

Anyone who hands in eligible drink bottle containers at designated sites across the state would be rewarded with a 10-cent refund.

Beverage suppliers would pay for the refunds as well as the scheme's administration, with an expected 10-cent price hike in soft drink prices tipped to be passed on to consumers.

Containers between 150ml and three litres would be covered by the scheme, but those not typically found in litter streams - including milk, wine, large bottles of fruit juice and health tonics - wouldn't bring in a cash return.

South Australia and the Northern Territory already have such schemes, with Western Australia, Queensland and the ACT also planning similar programs.

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