2 Feb 2012

Clean up Australia at 10 cents a bottle

VICTORIA should immediately introduce a 10¢ refund scheme for bottles and cans to reduce the thousands of drink containers dumped across the state, according to the founder of Clean Up Australia Day.

'What we are pushing for is [container] deposit legislation like they have got now in the Northern Territory and what they have in South Australia, your recovery rates on beverage containers are less than 35 per cent, whereas in South Australia they are 87 per cent,' he said.
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Coming from a country with a deposit scheme as long as I can remember I can't understand why it takes such a long time in Australia to get it installed. I've read about it for years now and nothing has been done so far, definitely not in WA!

What's the problem? I heard the big suppliers, like Coca Cola, are having to do with holding up legislation as it will cost them 0.01 cent for each bottle or so.

How long do they talk before it will be understood that resources aren't there forever and ever? At least not without ruining this planet...

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