Council wants to lead on bottle refund scheme
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
Mayor Julia Leu and tourism professionals and trainees in Port Douglas