The Liquor Stores Association (LSA) NSW, plus a capacity crowd of around 120 liquor retailers and industry stakeholders are gearing up for the Association’s key annual industry networking event, The Panel, being held tomorrow in Sydney, which will focus on the State’s impending Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

The event will feature three of the CDS’s key stakeholders: the NSW Environment Protection Authority (Regulator), Exchange for Change (Scheme Coordinator), and Tomra-Cleanaway (Network Operator), and will focus on the structure and operation of the CDS, officially commencing from 1 December 2017.

LSA Executive Director Michael Waters said that attendees will get the opportunity to hear first-hand about the costs, obligations, impacts and potential opportunities for liquor retailers, suppliers, the broader industry and consumers.

Some key education tools and materials will also be launched, designed to assist liquor retailers, their staff and their customers in the lead up to the commencement of the CDS.
“I sincerely thank the NSW EPA, Exchange for Change and Tomra-Cleanaway for making themselves available for this very important retail liquor industry briefing, and particularly for their support and commitment to work with the LSA to prepare some key education tools and materials that will be launched on the day, designed to assist liquor retailers, their staff and their customers in the lead up to the commencement of the CDS,” said Waters.

“Liquor retailers are naturally very concerned about not simply how the CDS will actually operate, but its expected impact on retail prices and their customers, as the final price impact per eligible container will not only include the 10 cent deposit, but also recovery costs of setting up and coordinating the logistics, transport, handling, plus regular auditing, to ensure the containers are recycled, as well as managing the cash flow.

“If you are an independent liquor retailer and still have unanswered questions about the CDS and how it will impact your business, this is your one and only opportunity to hear first-hand from the Regulator, Scheme Coordinator and Network Operator, and to have your questions answered.”

The Panel: NSW Container Deposit Scheme will take place on Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 9am to 11:30am at the Figtree Conference Centre, 5 Figtree Drive, Sydney Olympic Park.

Deborah Jackson

Deb joined Intermedia in 2015 as Editor of National Liquor News and Deputy Editor of The Shout. Since then, she has also worked as the Editor of Beer & Brewer and the New Zealand title, World of Wine....

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