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July 5, 2010

ABC News

Greens want container recycling

The Tasmanian Greens have urged the State Government to pursue a container recycling scheme regardless of the outcome of a national meeting.

State Environment ministers are meeting in Darwin today to discuss a national 10 cent refund where cans and plastic bottles are recycled.

A Federal Government-commissioned report found it would cost about $680 million per year to run.

Greens spokesman, Tim Morris, says Tasmania should join the Northern Territory and South Australian Governments which are pushing ahead with container deposit schemes.

"We're saying this should also be Tasmania's position we need to come into line with South Australia," he said.

"They have a fantastic container deposit system and recovery system that's meant that their recovery of cans and bottles is up in the 70 percents whereas ours is much much lower."


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