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A consultation regulation impact statement for the CDS was open for a four-week comment period from 13 August until 10 September 2018.

The consultation regulation impact statement provided a preliminary assessment of the costs and benefits of the container deposit scheme. It focused on the Western Australian Government’s preferred option of developing a CDS that aligns closely with the schemes introduced in other Australian jurisdictions. This option also minimises the costs to the beverage industry and avoids confusion for both industry and consumers.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is currently analysing submissions, and will make recommendations to the Minister for Environment and prepare a decision regulation impact statement.