Monday, April 18, 2011

Phil says: Deposit it

THE Greens candidate for Derwent, Phillip Bingley, has launched a petition calling on the State Government to introduce legislation for container deposit legislation (CDL), following the lead of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

“Tasmania has for too long been selling itself as the clean, green state of Australia. Yet successive Liberal and Labor governments have been unwilling to introduce a simple and commonsense strategy, which would deliver a 10 cent refund on all used cans and bottles. Such a straightforward system would dramatically reduce roadside littering, waste to landfill, whilst creating hundreds of real green jobs,” Mr Bingley said.

“The Keep Australia Beautiful’s National Litter Index revealed that Tasmanians are Australia’s worst litter bugs, and if Tasmania were to introduce CDL similar to that of South Australia and the Northern Territory, the public will have that incentive to recycle and reclaim their deposit from the time of purchase. Every day that we delay implementing this scheme means more recyclable waste clogging up our waterways, playgrounds, roadsides, and landfill,” Mr Bingley said.

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