Con­tainer de­posit to clean up the streets

Isis Town and Country - - News -

STATES and ter­ri­to­ries around Aus­tralia are tak­ing on the idea of a con­tainer de­posit scheme as a way to clean up the streets.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett has wel­comed an an­nounce­ment that a Con­tainer De­posit Scheme would be in­tro­duced to clean up our beaches, parks and public ar­eas.

Mr Ben­nett said he was pleased to see the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment had been pres­sured into in­tro­duc­ing the lit­ter-bust­ing re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive, due to com­mence in 2018.

“I’ve put a lot of ground­work into en­sur­ing Queens­land was brought into line with other states across Aus­tralia to ad­dress the in­creas­ing cans and bot­tles lit­ter­ing our land and wa­ter­ways,” he said.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of a con­tainer de­posit scheme will no doubt re­sult in less vis­ual pol­lu­tion and has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs across Queens­land in the re­cy­cling sec­tor.

“This is a great win for the en­vi­ron­ment across our great state and I know it will help to keep our lo­cal re­gion lit­ter-free.”

Mr Ben­nett said the scheme would be aligned with New South Wales, where peo­ple can take empty drink con­tain­ers to a col­lec­tion de­pot or drop off in a re­verse vend­ing ma­chine to re­ceive a 10 cent re­fund.

He said there was sub­stan­tial sup­port for the con­tainer de­posit scheme to be in­tro­duced in the state.

“In states where a Con­tainer De­posit Scheme has been in­tro­duced, more than 80 per cent of con­sumers re­turn con­tain­ers and a 2015 Newspoll showed 85 per cent of Queens­lan­ders sup­ported the scheme,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“The in­dex shows, lit­ter rate is 41 per cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age, and we should be do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to clean up Queens­land and put some real pride back into our state.”

CASH FOR CON­TAIN­ERS: Keep streets clean.

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