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Fight for 10c back on bottles and cans!
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Your rubbish could be earning you cash!
Did you know that this year Australians will throw away more than 10 billion recyclable drink containers?
When it comes to recycling, WA in particular has the worst track record in the country. Around 80% of drink containers consumed in WA end up in landfill or littering the environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
By putting a 10c refund on discarded drink containers, South Australia has achieved a recycling rate four times as good as ours while creating sustainable jobs, reducing pollution, and preventing millions of bottles and cans from polluting the landscape each year. The SA recycling refund scheme even supports charities and community groups, with SA Scouts alone bringing in more than $9 million a year by collecting bottles and cans.
Soon, other states including Western Australia could be enjoying the benefits of a nation-wide recycling refund scheme! A working group with members from each State and Territory government has been considering the issue and is now seeking community feedback on their recently released options paper.
The Northern Territory is the latest place to wake up to the benefits of a 10c recycling refund.
Say yes to a national 10c recycling refund on bottles and cans!
We have prepared a basic submission for you, but if you would like to make more of an impact you can include a personal message on why you personally want a recycling refund on bottles and cans. We have a few key points you may like to mention bellow:
- Most days I see beverage containers littering [my street/park/river/beach]. With a container deposit scheme these will disappear because a Container Deposit Scheme creates a financial incentive for collection.
- By having a cash value, the bottle, can or cardboard carton is no longer seen as just rubbish. Even discarded empties are likely to be collected by somebody else to reclaim their value.
- Charities and community groups can benefit greatly by collecting drink containers for refund. Annually, Scouts in SA raise millions by running collection points, enabling their membership fees to be the lowest in Australia.
- A container deposit scheme will attract new industries to WA and create more than 1,000 new sustainable jobs
- A container deposit scheme would save enough water to permanently supply more than 4,014 Perth homes. This is a serious advantage for water-stressed WA.
- Making a new can from recycled aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make a can from raw materials. By encouraging recycling, a container deposit scheme will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improved air quality.