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June 17, 2009

Cobar Age

Mayor pushes for can refund scheme

Cobar Shire Council has joined the Local Government and Shires Associations and Clean Up Australia in calling for the urgent introduction of a refund scheme for drink bottles and cans.

Ministers of the Environment Protection and Heritage Council met on May 22 to consider programs to address packaging waste, and Mayor Lilliane Brady believes that it is essential for Cobar Shire Council’s environmental and financial future that they seriously consider a refund scheme or Container Deposit Legislation (CDL).

“The current arrangement relies on the National Packaging Covenant which is based on councils and their communities carrying the cost of collecting, transporting and processing recyclable material,” she said.

“Given today’s economic climate these containers are effectively worthless, which means that each household in this community has to kick in around $50 every year to cover the costs.

“We strongly urge the State Government to introduce a container deposit/refund system, which means that every container is worth 10 cents in the recycling process - effectively paying for itself.

“It is time the producers of these containers took more responsibility for the costs associated with cleaning up the litter they create while they generate their profits, and this system would do that.”

“They’re getting a free ride on the back of our community and organisations like Clean Up Australia and this has to stop now.”

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO said a national container deposit scheme like the one in place in South Australia is definitely the way forward for Australia on recycling.


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