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CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR ACTION TO BRING BACK THE REFUNDS

Clean Up Australia calls for action to bring back the refunds

Media Release - 2 July 2010

Clean Up Australia is urging environment ministers at Monday’s meeting of the Environment Heritage and Protection Council to quit stalling, listen to their constituents and bring back the refund on beverage containers.
 
Environment groups including Clean Up Australia are calling for the introduction of a national scheme for a 10-cent refund on beverage containers to encourage recycling, reduce waste and take one more rubbish stream out of the environment

These bottles and cans would be collected at recycling centres within the community; modeled on a system that’s been operating successfully in South Australia for 35 years.

Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia said, “Beverage containers and their caps make up 40 per cent of the rubbish removed by Clean Up Australia Day volunteers every year.

“At Clean Up we know there are direct environmental benefits from a refund scheme on containers; with the additional bonus of income for individuals, schools and community groups who are prepared to make the effort to collect and return their containers.

“Thanks to their scheme South Australia recycles a massive 75-85 per cent of its cans and bottles resulting in reduced use of virgin materials, lowered greenhouse gas emissions, reduced water usage, less contamination in recyclables and the creation of jobs.

“It’s no wonder national research conducted by Clean Up Australia in 2009 found that 88 per cent of Australians supported the introduction of a 10 cent refund for drink cans and bottles.

“With our addiction to convenience consumption continuing to grow, it has never been more important that the scheme be reintroduced.

“Why are we overcomplicating this issue? Why is the beverage industry so threatened by this practical solution? Why are our political leaders ignoring the communities they’ve been elected to represent and why do we continue to accept the waste of finite resources?

“On Monday 5 July our political leaders have the chance to take the next crucial step in waste management reform for Australia - let’s hope they don’t fail us again.”

Interview talent:
Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia
To arrange an interview please contact:
Robert Marson, Killer Whale, Tel: 0404 464 902, robert@killerwhale.com.au

 

 
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