Greens Container Deposit Legislation supported by all parties across the country

Greens MP Robin Chapple welcomes the growing national consensus on container deposit legislation.

A container deposit scheme puts a 10c deposit on drink cans and bottles, for effective recycling. It will lift WA’s container recycling rate to more than 80%.

Mr Chapple released a consultation Bill this week to create a scheme in WA.

Yesterday the Leader of the Opposition, Eric Ripper introduced legislation for a container deposit scheme in Western Australia. The legislation adopts the model developed by Victorian Greens MLC Colleen Hartland, and currently proceeding through the Victorian Parliament. 

The Greens model has been supported by the Coalition in Victoria, and is now supported by the ALP in WA. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam is advocating a national system in his legislation in the Senate.

“It’s clear that the community wants to see good recycling programs – and now there is political consensus on the best model, said Mr Chapple, Greens WA spokesperson on Waste.

The WA Environment Minister has indicated he is supportive of container deposit schemes and has advocated for a national scheme to be implemented.

“The best way for the government to support a national scheme is to implement a best practice scheme in WA. Leadership from WA could really push the federal process forward, and will put WA out in front when the national scheme comes into play.

“I’m calling on MPs from all parties to work together to achieve establish the very best container deposit scheme in Western Australia – and to help facilitate an effective national scheme across the country.

The Greens consultation bill is available at

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255

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