Liquor Industry concerned over new date for Container Scheme

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The Liquor Stores Association of WA is concerned over the State Government’s revised start date for the WA Container Deposit Scheme.

While the LSAWA has always supported the philosophy of the initiative, the new date set for October 1, flies in the face of COVID-19 social restrictions and protocols.

LSAWA CEO Peter Peck said the announcement came as a surprise to many stakeholders given the fact that there had not been any form of communication between the Department of Environment and relevant parties.

“One would think that the Department would have enough time to communicate its roadmap with its own industry and community advisory group” Mr Peck said.

“It’s hard to understand the rationale around the decision when the only notification we have received is a one page media statement from Minister Stephen Dawson” he said.

“We will help as much as possible to ensure the scheme is successful in the long term but before anything begins we’d like to see a comprehensive health and safety plan in place before West Australians start handling old and used containers”.

“We will be seeking an urgent briefing from the minister (although the horse has bolted) asking for some consultation to ensure our concerns are documented”.

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