Greens move to introduce Container Deposit Legislation – 10c can change our recycling

31 August 2011

Greens MLC Robin Chapple today gave notice in the Legislative Council of his intention to introduce legislation for a container deposit scheme. The scheme will put a 10c deposit on cans and bottles, to ensure that we maximise recycling.

“WA is the worst recycler in the country.  The recent ABS report shows WA only diverts 28.2% of rubbish from landfill. Most other states are achieving over 40% diversion from landfill. The best performer is SA, who have had a container deposit scheme for 34 years, and this is reflected in their 66.3% recycling rates.  

“Container deposit schemes are proven to increase recycling, reduce landfill, drastically reduce litter, and provide support for community organisations.

“South Australia and the Northern Territory have container deposit schemes.

Senator Scott Ludlam has legislation before the federal parliament – but the Federal government is very slow to move on this front.  Greens MP Colleen Hartland has a bill progressing through the Victorian parliament.

“The community is calling for this across the country.  Here in WA – the current legislation provides for the Minister to implement a scheme through regulation – but they simply aren’t doing it. So I’m moving to put it into law.

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



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