ACT Greens support Container Deposit Scheme

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens have reiterated their support for a National Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) and called on the ACT Minister to vote in favour of a scheme at the upcoming Standing Committee on Environment and Water (SCEW).

“Studies show it can take up to seven litres of water and a litre of crude oil to produce one litre of bottled water. Plastic is also a serious environmental problem when it is not recycled,” Ms Le Couteur said.

“A container deposit scheme would not only reduce waste and resource depletion, it would create green jobs.

“Northern Territory commenced their scheme in January this year and together with South Australia are the only two jurisdictions to have container deposit legislation in place.

“The South Australian scheme has been in place for 35 years, employing some 600 people. A number of countries overseas have a scheme in place including New Zealand, Norway and Canada.

The ACT Greens and NSW Greens introduced simultaneous bills for a container deposit scheme in 2008 but the Labor Governments in both parliaments refused to support it. In 2010 the ACT Government then changed its position and became advocates for such a scheme.

Clean Up Australia state that 90% of the community supports a national container deposit scheme and that an introduction of a scheme will increase recycling rates of beverage containers from currently 40% to up to 80%[1].

“It’s more difficult for the ACT to go it alone for obvious reasons, so a National scheme is particularly important to the ACT.

 “I’m calling on the ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister to vote ‘yes’ when the Standing Committee on Environment and Water (SCEW) meets next Friday week to make a decision on this important issue,” Ms Le Couteur said.