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NATIONAL CAN AND BOTTLE REFUND SCHEME GETS A BOOST FROM ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS

National can and bottle refund scheme gets a boost from environment ministers

Media Release - 5 July 2010

A national scheme for refunds on used beverage containers is a step closer, following discussions at the Environment Heritage and Protection Council in Darwin.

Ministers confirmed that a Regulatory Impact Statement will be commissioned, the last bureaucratic step prior to introducing the much needed scheme where bottles and cans would be exchanged for refunds within the community.

This evidence based process will enable transparency – no more back room discussions, lobbying  or greenwash – everything will now be public.

Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and founder of Clean Up Australia said, “Clean Up Australia applauds this decision.  It shows that our political leadership is listening to the concerns of the Australian community in taking action on waste management reform.

“South Australia has a well established deposit scheme that 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.

“The evidence supporting the benefits of a national container deposit scheme is overwhelming – we urge the government to maintain their momentum by committing to a timetable to make this scheme a reality across the rest of Australia.”

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

 

 
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