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NT REFUND SCHEME FOR DRINK CANS/BOTTLES SHOULD NOW GO NATIONAL

NT refund scheme for drink cans/bottles should now go national

Media Release - 11 March 2009

Clean Up Australia today welcomed the Northern Territory’s decision to introduce a refund scheme for drink containers.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO congratulated NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson for “demonstrating leadership and responsible environment management to not just Northern Territorians, but all Australians as well”.

“A refund scheme for drink containers is a win-win for the environment and the community. Providing a financial incentive to recycle in the form of a refund on drink containers has worked very successfully in South Australia for many years,” Mr Kiernan said.

“It has dramatically reduced the amount of recyclable drink cans and bottles from being dumped in the environment and it has provided and economic stimulus for local communities and community groups.

“40 per cent of the rubbish that Clean Up Australia Day volunteers removed from the NT environment last year related to beverage containers, so the environmental benefit of a refund scheme for the Territory is clear.

Mr Kiernan said he hoped other states and the federal government will now follow the NT’s lead and get on with introducing a refund scheme as it is “a no-brainer for the environment and the community”.

“The public is also very much behind a refund scheme. National research conducted for Clean Up Australia in January found that 88 per cent of people support the introduction of a 10 cent refund for drink cans and bottles.”

Mr Kiernan said the NT Government’s commitment to a refund or container deposit scheme showed it was prepared to bold but necessary steps to reform waste management practices in the Territory.

“Waste management in many parts of the country is still focused on an outdated model of ‘bury it and hope for the best’. A container deposit scheme prevents waste ending up in landfill and while these sorts of schemes have been around for a while now, the NT is only the second state or territory to introduce it.”

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