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Gutwein Fails to Act on Recycling Crisis

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Last Friday, the company that collects recyclables from five southern councils, SKM Recycling, was declared insolvent. Without an immediate intervention, this means kerbside recycling from those councils will be destined for landfill.

Despite southern Tasmanian councils being amidst an evolving recycling crisis, the Environment Minister, Peter Gutwein, refused to take immediate statewide action to help them.

Strong Council Support for Cash for Containers Scheme

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Local Government spokesperson

The Greens congratulate Kingborough Council on joining West Coast, Clarence and Launceston City Councils in their support for a statewide container deposit scheme.

These four Tasmanian councils have agreed to lobby the State Government to implement a much needed cash for containers scheme.  Kingborough had also committed to take the issue up at the LGAT State Conference.

Liberal and Labor Both Fail Cash for Containers Test

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

It was extremely disappointing the Liberal and Labor Parties would not support the Greens' Motion to implement a state-based cash for containers scheme.

Both old parties obfuscated and justified their lack of support on needing more evidence, despite the Greens giving them more than two months notice and the opportunity to make changes.

In voting against a cash for containers scheme, both the Liberal Government and Labor Opposition have let down the environment, and the community.

NSW Embraces Cash for Containers

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

NSW residents will get 10 cents back on eligible drinks containers from 1st July next year, following the NSW Government’s introduction of Container Deposit Scheme legislation into their State Parliament, joining South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The scheme will make a big difference to their parks, waterways, beaches and oceans.  It means everyone has a financial incentive to reduce some 160 million drinks containers that are littered across NSW every year.

Scouts Back Greens' Call for Cash For Containers

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

We were delighted to join Scouts Tasmania's Chief Commissioner, Michael Hovington, and members of local scout troops on Kingston Beach today to call on the government to legislate a container deposit scheme in Tasmania.

Scouts from the Blackmans Bay, Kingston and Taroona troops gathered on the beach and constructed a giant scout emblem, the Fleur de Lis, in the sand from drink containers.

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