Con­tainer scheme will cut rub­bish

Mercury (Hobart) - - YOUR TASMANIA - Anne Lay­ton-Ben­nett Swan Bay

WHAT a dis­ap­point­ing gov­ern­ment re­sponse in re­spect of es­tab­lish­ing a con­tainer de­posit scheme.

Tas­ma­nia is now the only state not to have such a scheme, or else be well on the way to in­tro­duc­ing one.

Clearly other state and ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ments can see pub­lic in­ter­est ad­van­tages, so why can’t the Hodg­man Gov­ern­ment?

Around the world peo­ple are wak­ing up to the ap­palling im­pact plas­tics are hav­ing on our en­vi­ron­ment, and de­mand­ing gov­ern­ments and busi­nesses take steps to re­duce their use, and in­tro­duce more en­vi­ron­men­tally be­nign al­ter­na­tives.

Con­tainer de­posit schemes have proved an ef­fec­tive way to re­duce the num­ber of plas­tic bot­tles and con­tain­ers that are so care­lessly dis­carded ev­ery day. Since our roads, verges, beaches and parks are fre­quently lit­tered with cans, bot­tles and as­sorted rub­bish — not a good look for a state that likes to mar­ket it­self as be­ing clean and green — it’s high time a con­tainer de­posit scheme was fi­nally in­tro­duced here.

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