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Greens Container Deposit Bill would raise almost two billion dollars for recycling

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 29 May 2012

The Government should resist the campaign from vested interests and support the Greens bill for a national container deposit scheme to double beverage container recycling, the Australian Greens said today.

"It's disappointing to see large corporations waging a rear-guard misinformation campaign to kill off a scheme that enjoys huge community support," said Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

"It will take more than a few more bins to deal with the 13 billion containers used by Australian consumers each year. The experience in South Australia and other jurisdictions shows that by actively encouraging recycling, a container deposit scheme can massively reduce that waste."

According to the Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index, containers only made up four per cent of all litter found in South Australia while in New South Wales - which has no container deposits - it makes up 30 per cent.

"ABS figures for 2011 show Western Australia diverts only 28.2 per cent of all rubbish from landfill. South Australia, the only state with an established container deposit scheme, recycles a whopping 66.3 per cent of its rubbish."

"The scheme would also generate a great deal of money. The Boomerang Alliance has estimated that unredeemed deposits would raise nearly $1.8 billion in funds for recycling over 10 years. During a recent senate estimates hearing, the environment department undertook to confirm these figures."

Senator Ludlam made the comments as NSW Greens MLC and Lead Senate candidate, Cate Faehrmann moved to legislate for a container deposit scheme in her state.

Senator Ludlam's bill to introduce a national container deposit scheme is currently before the Senate.


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