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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.

40 Years of Cash for Containers in South Australia Puts Tasmania to Shame

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

South Australia’s celebration of 40 years of cash for containers, and commitment to recycling and the environment puts Tasmania to shame again. 

South Australia is head and shoulders above the rest in the latest set of national recycling data, as Australia’s cleanest state. The major reason for this is South Australia's 40 year old container deposit scheme, which provides refunds for cans and bottles.

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.

Greens Move to Legislate Cash for Containers

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Last month, Western Australia joined Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, the Northern Territory, and national leader, South Australia, in agreeing to introduce cash for container schemes.

In the next session of Parliament, the Greens will move that the Government legislate to introduce a container deposit scheme.

We hope that the Liberal Government and Labor Opposition will support the move, and we can implement a 'cash for cans' scheme in Tasmania with tripartisan support.

Cash For Cans, Tasmania Risks Coming Last

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

The Greens welcome Queensland's commitment to introducing a container deposit scheme by 2018. We hope the Hodgman Government won't let Tasmania be left behind.

Cash for container schemes reduce the amount of beverage containers that end up in the waste stream, the waterways and, eventually, the sea. They help reduce landfill, waste disposal costs and are often used by community groups, like scout troupes, for fundraising.


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