Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson on waste and recycling, launched an online petition to demonstrate to the new Environment Minister how popular a national container deposit scheme is.
“I congratulate Minister Hunt on his appointment and call on him to introduce a national cash-for-containers scheme, something that the overwhelming majority of Australians are in favour of," Senator Whish-Wilson said.
“Not only is a container deposit scheme extremely popular, it will help keep litter off our beaches, parks and out of our waterways.
“Plastic in our marine environment is a serious issue and a container deposit scheme is one part of ensuring no new plastic enters our oceans.
“A container deposit scheme is good for the environment and the economy. Private investors have indicated that they would invest approximately $500 million in establishing infrastructure for the scheme and the scheme would help employ 3000 people.
“I will deliver this petition to Minister Hunt on behalf of all the signatories to make it clear that there is widespread community support for a container deposit scheme.
“I look forward to his response and call on him to stand with the community and ignore the beverage companies who are behind recent misleading national advertising opposing the scheme,” concluded Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.
People can sign the petition and support a national container deposit scheme here: http://bit.ly/CDS_now