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November 7, 2009


Drink Container Recycling - Just do it

Environment Minister Peter Garrett should just get on with the job and use Family First’s national drink container recycling scheme which has been sitting in Federal Parliament for over a year, Family First Leader Senator Steve Fielding said today.

Senator Fielding has labelled a meeting of state environment ministers in Perth today a giant waste of time.

“The Rudd Government is blaming the stubbornness of the states as an excuse for its own inaction in failing to introduce a national drink container recycling scheme,” Senator Fielding said.

“Family First has perfectly good legislation sitting in parliament waiting for the government to use so it can get a national recycling scheme going.

“Peter Garrett is all talk and no action and it’s about time he got on with the job that he said he was going to do.

“Drink container recycling has worked in South Australia for 30 years and has reduced greenhouse gases by 1.8 million tonnes per year.

“Australians are having it rammed home that greenhouse gases are bad and must be cut down and yet the Rudd government refuses to introduce Family First’s simple scheme that reduces 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

"If the Rudd Government was really serious about the helping the environment, they would embrace this scheme instead of sitting on their hands and doing nothing.

“The Rudd Government needs to show some form of leadership and say ‘yes we can’ to drink container recycling.

“Under Family First’s legislation eight gigalitres of water a year would be saved, which would supply more than 24,000 homes with water.

“More than 80 percent of Australians support a container deposit scheme and the Rudd Government should be listening to them.”

Family First’s Drink Container Recycling Bill 2008 was introduced into parliament on 13 March 2008.


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