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August 14, 2008

PerthNow

Eco groups call on Government action to halt rubbish

ENVIRONMENT groups today called on WA's political leaders to take immediate action after figures revealed WA is the "rubbish state'' of the country.

The Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index, released today, shows that Western Australia has the dubious reputation of being the most littered place in Australia.

Disturbingly, while the national trends show a slight decrease, the amount of rubbish littered across Western Australia has increased by more than 50 per cent In the past two years.

The survey adds to overwhelming evidence that rubbish in Western Australia is spiralling out of
control.

WA is now:
1. The most littered state in the country - with 25 per cent more litter found in WA than sites across
the rest of Australia;

2. Generates more rubbish per capita in Australia – almost 21per cent more than the rest of Australia;

3. Has the lowest level of recycling in any mainland Australian State – just half of the national
average.

“Its disappointing that the legacy of WA’s economic boom seems to be an increasing mountain of rubbish, said Dave West National Campaign Director of the Boomerang Alliance.

"If a government can’t even get on top of litter and recycling how can you be confident they’ll be able to manage complex issues like climate change?''

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said: “Nearly 65,000 people helped clean up Western Australia’s parks, beaches and waterways on Clean up Australia Day this year.

"It’d be great to see the next state government take some concrete action to support their efforts,” Mr Kiernan said.

“Its clear that the next government needs to take immediate action. Western Australian are proud of their state’s environment, it’s a tragedy for the government to allow our beautiful natural assets to go to waste” said Piers Verstegen Director of the Conservation Council of WA.

Six of the “Dirty Dozen” most littered items, were different types of beverage containers.

Environment groups called on all of the state’s election candidates to commit to introducing a container deposit system like the one in South Australia.

"We are seeing an incredible increase in the number of containers out there, particularly plastic ones,'' Mr Kiernan said.

Container rubbish was up 12 per cent last year on Clean Up Australia Day. In South Australia, if there's a beverage container on the beach or beside the creek, through their eyes it's not a bit of rubbish — it's a silver coin — and who leaves silver coins beside the road?".

Newspolls show that over 90 per cent of the state population want a container deposit system and a similar number are happy to pay a 10¢ refundable deposit.

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,24180791-2761,00.html


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