One question I have asked of the Qld government is for a cost benefit analysis of the container scheme to be introduced here next year. One reason for the request is add the information to one of my guest lectures. Discussion on impacts of public policy in resource recovery is worthy in such lectures.
The only response provided is the scheme is beneficial as recycling rates should increase to levels like that which has occurred where similar programs have been introduced elsewhere.
I suspect that the program is not cost neutral and the taxpayer is subsidising the program, which is okay if the raxpayer is aware of this and agrees to such subsidies.
The other reason for the cost benefit is would the monies be better spent doing general waste recovery programs, where all waste goes through a separating and screening plant/facility to recover as many recyclable materials as possible? Food for thought.