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STUDY FINDS REFUND SCHEME FOR BOTTLES/CANS IN WA IS NEEDED

Study finds refund scheme for bottles/cans in WA urgently needed

Media Release - 29 January, 2009

More than a quarter of all rubbish found in Western Australia on Clean Up Australia Day last year was drink cans and bottles, highlighting the urgent need for improved recycling rates, Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said today

The 2008 Clean Up Australia Rubbish Report revealed that almost half of all rubbish collected by the 65,000 volunteers across WA could have been recycled through normal kerbside collections.

Supporting the findings, Mr Kiernan also released the results of an opinion poll that found that 88 per cent of Western Australians would support the introduction of a scheme that gave a 10-cent refund on drink cans and bottles.

He said that while household recycling is successful, the Rubbish Report highlights the importance of introducing other recycling systems away from the home and pointed to South Australia’s container deposit scheme as an example of a successful model.

More than 130 tonnes of beverage related rubbish was collected in WA on Clean Up Australia Day 2008, including bottle caps, plastic and glass bottles and labels.

“In Western Australia, and everywhere else except South Australia, beverage waste makes up a significant proportion of the rubbish found dumped in the environment. In stark contrast, that figure is only around 10 per cent in SA,” Mr Kiernan said.

“Consumer behaviour needs to improve but government and industry also have to share responsibility for tackling waste created away from the home where kerbside recycling doesn’t operate.

“In the meantime, Western Australians can immediately take matters into their own hands on Sunday 1 March by getting involved in Clean Up Australia Day and helping to clean up their local environment.”

Clean Up Australia Day has been made possible through the support of major sponsors: McDonald's, Veolia Environnement and Commonwealth Bank, sponsors: Sanyo, suppliers: Pro Safety Gear, Qantas, Shop-A-Docket and Stockland.

Anyone can still register a Clean Up site by visiting www.cleanup.org.au or by calling 1800 CUAD DAY (1800 282 329).

Copies of the broadcast quality TV community service announcement ‘If you don’t help Clean Up Australia, who will’ are available on request.

Further information or interviews:    Alana Mew, 0423 377 567

 
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