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MOST PEOPLE WANT A 10 CENT REFUND FOR CANS/BOTTLES IN NSW

Media Release 24 January, 2009

A 10 cent refund on drink bottles and cans in NSW would act as a major incentive for people to lift recycling rates and reduce pollution of the natural environment, Clean Up Australia said today following revelations the state government is considering reviving the scheme.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said there is a clear majority of support for a 10 cent refund in NSW.

“Clean Up Australia’s research has found more than eight out of 10 people want a
10 cent refund on cans and bottles.”

Beverage waste is among the most common type of rubbish collected by volunteers on Clean Up Australia Day.

“Clean Up Australia’s most recent figures show that 40 per cent of rubbish found in the state’s environment is beverage containers,” Mr Kiernan said.

South Australia doubled its container deposit from five cents to 10 cents last year in recognition of public support for the scheme and the benefit it has for the environment.

“In recent years South Australia has enjoyed a recycling rate of cans and bottles of between 75-85 per cent while the rate in other states has been less than half this.”

Mr Kiernan said that while reviving a refund scheme in NSW would be a great step forward, a national approach is urgently needed.

“Consumer behaviour needs to improve but government and industry have to share responsibility for tackling the waste created away from the home where kerbside recycling already operates.”

“The rest of Australia has been dragging its heels on a refund scheme and the damage done to the environment shows up again and again on Clean Up Australia Day.”


For further information contact: Paul Sheridan, 0410 516 656

 
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