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February 19, 2008

Mail Newspaper Group

Cans recycling move

Yarra Ranges environmentalist Peter Cook calls for support to introduce a

THE Shire of Yarra Ranges last week announced it would advocate for a beverage container recycling system in Victoria.

The system, known as the Container Deposit Legislation (CDL), is currently operating in South Australia.

Yarra Ranges resident Peter Cook has praised the council’s move.

Mr Cook has been calling for the government to introduce such a system for the past four years.

But spokesman for the State Government Dan Ward said Victorians were already great recyclers and that the CDL system would undermine the use of kerbside recycling.

Under the CDL system, consumers incur a fee when they purchase bottles and cans, which can then be redeemed if the container is returned.

The containers covered by the CDL are returned to collection depots where consumers can receive cash for bottles and cans.

Those who participate in the scheme can take bottles and cans to a CDL depot and receive 10 cents for every container.

Mr Cook said not only did CDL save councils money on their recycling collections but was also a fundraiser for community groups.

He said community and service groups could then collect bottles and cans and take them to depots to raise money for much needed projects.

He praised the council for jumping on board and recognising the need for the system.

“This won’t happen unless we can get groups like the council to take the lead,” he said.

Mr Ward said Victoria has already participated in a national approach to reduce and recycle packaging, as agreed through a National Packaging Covenant.

He said 96 per cent of all Victorian households had kerbside recycling and 40 per cent of all municipal waste was currently being recycled.

“This covers many types of packaging, not just beverage containers, and the last annual report showed approximately 56 per cent of packaging was being recycled,” Mr Ward said.

“The government is willing to consider any initiative that improves recycling rates, but the disadvantages of CDL is that it focuses on only one type of recyclable packaging and it would require potentially costly new infrastructure which could duplicate and undermine kerbside recycling.”


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