Container Deposit Scheme needs urgent revisit: Greens

Greens MLC for the Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple said he was hopeful a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) would be reconsidered in Western Australia after news the NSW Liberal National government plan to introduce a similar initiative.

The WA Greens introduced a CDS prior to the 2013 election but it has not progressed.

Mr Chapple said a CDS was an effective method of reducing waste and increasing recycling in Western Australia.

“When we last tried to introduce this bill WA had the worst recycling rates in the country and now, four years on, we’re fairing no better,” he said.

“We know from the South Australian experience that these schemes can be highly successful in motivating consumers to recycle.

“They can also have significant flow on benefits for local government, community groups and charity.

Mr Chapple said there was simply no reason why a container deposit scheme shouldn’t be implemented in WA.

“This is a very simple and effective method for our current government to be seen to be doing something significant for the environment,” he said.

“A scheme that reduces waste, increases recycling and funds itself should be a no-brainer.”

For comment please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255.

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