Coun­cil wants to lead on bot­tle re­fund scheme

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

DOU­GLAS Shire Coun­cil­lors have unan­i­mously sup­ported en­cour­ag­ing the up­com­ing Queens­land con­tainer re­fund scheme to lead the way among Aus­tralian re­fund schemes.

In sup­port­ing the sub­mis­sion to the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment on the scheme, which will come into ef­fect in July next year, Coun­cil­lor Abi­gail Noli ques­tioned why the pro­posed Queens­land scheme would ex­clude cer­tain con­tain­ers, in­clud­ing wine bot­tles, plain milk con­tain­ers and cor­dial con­tain­ers among oth­ers.

“In the explanation that’s given it says they’re ex­cluded be­cause the other states don’t have re­cy­cling for th­ese con­tain­ers and Queens­land will fol­low the rest of the states,” said Cr Noli.

“I have a feel­ing that that’s the wrong way of go­ing about things. I feel that Queens­land should take the step to catch up and then per­haps over­take the rest of the states.”

Ac­cord­ing to the dis­cus­sion pa­per, the Queens­land scheme is de­signed to align with el­i­gi­ble con­tain­ers “cov­ered by the emerg­ing New South Wales scheme,” which is most alu­minium, glass, plas­tic, steel and liq­uid pa­per­board con­tain­ers be­tween 150ml and 3l.

Con­tain­ers ex­cluded in­clude “glass con­tain­ers which have con­tained wine or pure spir­its,” and “large con­tain­ers (one litre or more) which have con­tained flavoured milk, pure juice, cask wine or cask wa­ter”.

“Th­ese ex­clu­sions en­sure align­ment with the emerg­ing New South Wales Scheme and will help avoid con­sumer and bev­er­age in­dus­try con­fu­sion across the Queens­land and New South Wales schemes.”

Ac­cord­ing to Cr Noli, that ar­gu­ment doesn’t hold up.

“I feel that Queens­land should in­clude th­ese and en­cour­age other states to catch up to us.”

Other coun­cil­lors agreed, with Cr David Carey say­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a wider scheme would be good for re­cy­cling across the board rather than fo­cus­ing on drink con­tain­ers that are dumped by the road­side.

Un­der the scheme, a re­fund of 10 cents will be avail­able on all el­i­gi­ble drink con­tain­ers re­turned to a re­fund con­tainer point.

That’s the wrong way of go­ing about things. I feel that Queens­land should take the step to catch up and then per­haps over­take the other states Cr Abi­gail Noli

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

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