Greens MLC Colleen Hartland continues her campaign for a 10c refund on bottles, cans and cartons in Victoria.
Ms Hartland tabled The Greens legislation for a 10c deposit and refund scheme in Victorian Parliament in 2011 and released a companion report Turning Rubbish Into Community Money, which details the financial, social and environmental benefits of the scheme.
A 10c refund would lift drink container recycling rates from 49.5% to 83%, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate 12-15% of all litter and offer councils and community groups a valuable new source of income. Imagine how much cleaner our streets and creeks will be, when we put a price on rubbish!
Cash for container schemes have consistently been proven the most reliable and cost effective way to recycle the trash that pollutes our local landscapes and oceans. That’s why they’re being rolled out around the world.
Council of Australian Governments, COAG, will be announcing their recommendations in relation to a National 10c Refund Scheme on 11th April 2013. A National and consistent scheme is the best option for Australia. South Australia and the Northern Territory have 10cent refund on bottles and cans, and Tasmania is considering similar schemes. In Victoria we are waiting for the outcome of the national process to decide if and when to pursue state based legislation.
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Read Colleen Hartland's speech in parliament here: http://vicmps.greens.org.au/content/10c-deposit-bill-introduction-speech
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