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Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010

2010

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Protection (Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme) Bill 2010

 

No.      , 2010

 

(Senator Ludlam)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for environmentally sustainable use of resources and best practice in waste management by establishing a national beverage container deposit and recovery scheme, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              2

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 2

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Constitutional basis for Act................................................................. 2

5............ Application to external Territories....................................................... 2

6............ States and Territories are bound.......................................................... 2

7............ State and Territory laws may operate concurrently.............................. 3

8............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 3

Part 2—Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme                      5

9............ Beverage Container Deposit and Recovery Scheme............................ 5

10.......... Functions of the department in administering Scheme........................ 5

11.......... Beverage container environmental deposit payable by importer or producer of beverage container         6

12.......... Amount of beverage container environmental deposit......................... 6

13.......... When beverage container environmental amount must be paid........... 7

14.......... Beverage containers must be labelled as refundable............................ 7

15.......... Prescribed labelling requirements........................................................ 7

16.......... Authorised collection depots............................................................... 8

17.......... Authorised transfer stations................................................................ 9

18.......... Offence to claim refund on beverage container purchased outside Australia            9

19.......... Authorised collection depot or authorised transfer station to pay refund  11

20.......... Review of refund amount .................................................................. 11

21.......... Exemption from beverage container environmental deposit.............. 12

22.......... Act does not extend to existing beverage containers......................... 13

Part 3—Enforcement                                                                                                          14

Division 1—Civil penalty orders                                                                           14

23.......... Civil penalty provisions.................................................................... 14

24.......... Continuing contraventions................................................................ 14

25.......... Court may order person to pay pecuniary penalty for contravening civil penalty provision     15

26.......... Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................... 16

27.......... Persons involved in contravening civil penalty provision................. 16

28.......... Recovery of a pecuniary penalty....................................................... 16

Division 2—Infringement notices                                                                          17

29.......... When an infringement notice can be given........................................ 17

30.......... Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................... 17

31.......... Amount of penalty............................................................................ 18

32.......... Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................... 18

33.......... Paying the penalty in accordance with the notice............................... 19

34.......... Effect of this Division on civil proceedings...................................... 19

Division 3—Enforceable undertakings                                                              20

35.......... Acceptance of undertakings relating to contraventions...................... 20

36.......... Enforcement of undertakings............................................................ 20

Division 4—Liability of chief executive officers of corporations         22

37.......... Civil penalties for chief executive officers of corporations................ 22

38.......... Did a chief executive officer take reasonable steps to prevent contravention?          22

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        24

39.......... Annual report by Minister................................................................. 24

40.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 24



A Bill for an Act to provide for environmentally sustainable use of resources and best practice in waste management by establishing a national beverage container deposit and recovery scheme, and for related purposes

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