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DONíT WASTE AUSTRALIA: HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY FOR NATIONAL WASTE PLAN

Donít Waste Australia: Historic Opportunity for National Waste Plan

Media Release - 4 November 2009

Australia’s environment ministers have a historic opportunity to address the country’s mounting waste problems when they meet in Perth tomorrow to discuss a national action plan, Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said today.

At the top of the problem list is the urgent need for a national refund scheme for drink cans and bottles, Mr Kiernan said.

“We must not waste this historic opportunity to end more than five years of talking and act now to boost recycling and ensure that everyone – government, industry and the community – plays their part.”

Mr Kiernan said ministers meet in Perth as part of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council and for the first time in 16 years will have a National Waste Policy on the table.

“We can’t afford any more delays on critical environmental issues, such as container deposit refunds, organic and electronic waste. The message from the community is simple – no more talking, only doing.

“The overwhelming majority of Australians, 97 per cent in fact, support the introduction of a national container refund scheme similar to that already in place in South Australia.

“Only three per cent of Australians don’t believe that reducing waste is important. If that doesn’t make the case for action clear I’m not sure what will.

“Let’s hope our Minister’s don’t waste this opportunity to dramatically improve the state of our environment.”


Media contact: Alana Mew, 0423 377 567
 

 
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