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Container Deposit Scheme is the most effective way to clean up Tasmania

In response to the release of the National Litter Index by Keep Australia Beautiful and comments by Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom, Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson made the following comments:

"Keep Australia Beautiful is funded by the beverage industry who are opposed to effective recycling initiatives such as a container deposit reward scheme. Their litter index methodology is fundamentally flawed and doesn't accurately represent the litter problem.

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Australia can't afford an Abbott Government failure to deliver the “cash-for-containers” economic windfall

Today Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson called on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to outline his new plan for delivering the economic, social, and environmental windfalls of a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) given the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) was disbanded this month.

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Greens call on new Environment Minister to implement a national container deposit scheme

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

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Greens to fill funding gap in fight against plastic threat to our oceans and wildlife

Today in Tasmania, Australian Greens spokesperson for waste and recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, announced the Australian Greens' costed plan to fund research that will fill a gap in the Government's approach to the threat of marine debris.

"We are facing a global plastic pollution crisis in our oceans that both starts and ends right here in Tasmania," said Senator Whish-Wilson.

"Plastic pollution is killing our wildlife, choking our waterways and oceans, and hurting our brand as a clean, green destination.

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91% of Tasmanians support container deposit solution good for the environment, good for our wildlife, and good for our tourism brand

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson for both tourism and recycling, returned from this week's 2013 Tasmanian Tourism Conference on "sustainable tourism" shocked to find the event was sponsored by Coca-Cola, a giant multinational which uses corporate lobbying power and deep pockets to block and dismantle popular "refund" or "deposit" recycling schemes, all around the world.

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2013 is the year for a national solution to beverage packaging waste - Greens National Council

Tasmanian Senator Peter Whish-Wilson joined Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne today to announce a Greens National Council resolution backing recycling in Australia against the self-interest of multinational corporations.

The Greens National Council, a key decision making body of the Australian Greens party, is meeting in Hobart this weekend.

The resolution reaffirms the Australian Greens determination and commitment to see "cash-for-containers" legislation rolled out across the nation in 2013 after a decade-long battle.

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