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Greens call for cash-for-container scheme to reduce Qld litter ahead of Clean Up Australia Day

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Larissa Waters 28 Feb 2015

 

With Clean Up Australia Day on tomorrow, the Australian Greens are calling for the new Queensland Government to create a cash-for-container scheme.

“It’s excellent that so many Queenslanders will be out cleaning up their local parks, streets, bushland and waterways for Clean Up Australia Day,” Australian Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, said.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we could support volunteers’ clean up efforts by reducing litter in the first place?

“A cash-for-container scheme would do just that by providing an incentive to recycle beverage containers.

“Under the Australian Greens’ plan, for every drink bottle, can or carton you recycle, you would receive 10 cents in return.

“The scheme would be funded by private investment and would generate hundreds of new green jobs.

“In South Australia, where a cash for container scheme is already in place, 84 per cent of beverage containers are recycled – the highest rate in Australia.

“As well as South Australia, the Northern Territory has a scheme in place and there are moves for one in New South Wales.

“Queensland needs to catch up.

“In Queensland on last year’s Clean Up Australia Day, beverage containers made up a third of all rubbish collected.

“It’s time that we took this positive, proven step to stop litter clogging up our state’s globally renowned environment,” Senator Waters said.

 

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