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November 4, 2009


Australian environment groups call for national waste policy

    CANBERRA, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Environmental groups on Wednesday called for Australian governments to develop a national waste policy.

    A report to federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett from the Boomerang Alliance suggested introducing national drinks container deposit and refund scheme similar to one operated in South Australia.

    The group said this would double the recycling rate for these items and create 2,000 jobs.

    The alliance also wants to see recycling schemes for electronics equipment and tires, and a reduction in the amount of waste sent offshore.

    Almost two million tonnes of recyclable material is sent for overseas reprocessing each year, costing Australia around 750 million Australian dollars (677.8 million U.S. dollars), the group noted.

    The report includes the results of a recent survey on community attitudes towards waste.

    It found that 97 percent of respondents believed reducing waste was important, the same number were in favor of container deposit and refund schemes. While 83 percent wanted to see federal government support for local waste reprocessing.

Editor: Xiong Tong


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