Media Release - Thursday 4 November 2010
Federal and State Ministers have again failed to deliver on container deposit legislation – meaning that more waste will flow into our landfills and choke our environment.
The announcement came today as part of a meeting of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EHPC).
“The evidence supporting container deposit legislation is overwhelming. It’s a better outcome for the environment and the community,” said Clean Up Australian Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan AO.
Today’s further stalling runs contrary to both expert studies and the desires of the community.
Clean Up Australia’s 2009 poll revealed that 87% of Australians want to see CDL introduced.
“The EPHC is dragging its feet, and while it does so, Australia is falling further and further behind when it comes to waste management – at the cost of our environment.”
"The most recent report from waste experts Hyder Consulting estimates that through increased recycling of aluminium and glass, as much as 60 million kWh of electricity and 256 million litres of water could be saved in Tasmania alone. Along with this benefit comes reduced litter, landfill volumes and increased revenue for the state.”
Container deposit legislation has been successfully implemented both locally and internationally. SA has had a CDL scheme for over 30 years and enjoys a recycling rate of 75-85% for cans and bottles. CDL schemes are also operating successfully in countries such as Germany, Sweden, the US, Canada and Japan. The NT plans to introduce CDL from July 2011.
“We know cash for containers means a massive reduction in rubbish, and substantial increases in recycling rates.” said Mr Kiernan. “Plus there’s the additional bonus of income for individuals, schools and community groups who are prepared to make the effort to collect and return their containers.”
Further information: Alex Serpo, 0421 964 093