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Stephen King movie promotion a horror story for Australian wildlife

Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans, Senator Whish-Wilson, has called on Village Roadshow to stop tying red helium balloons to stormwater drains to promote the Stephen King movie IT because the balloons will undoubtedly enter the ocean and cause the deaths of our marine life.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “When I saw photos of the red helium balloons tied to stormwater drains in Sydney I was furious. When balloons end up in the ocean they float and get swallowed by sea-birds, dolphins, whales and turtles.

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Four Corners exposes crisis in nation’s recycling industry while government sits silent

Greens spokesperson on Waste & Recycling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, responded to Monday’s 4 Corners program that exposed the crisis in Australia’s recycling industry.

“This problem has been a long time coming. The fall in commodity prices has demolished the previously successful business model based around co-mingled kerbside recycling.

“The response of government to this slow building crisis has been woeful. Millions of Australians have been diligently sorting their rubbish all for nothing. This is an outrage.

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Greens push for state cash-for-container scheme and announce national scheme for if state government fails to deliver

The Greens are calling on the state government to establish a cash-for-container scheme and have announced a national scheme to be established should the state government fail to act to protect the Gold Coast’s beaches from plastic pollution.

At a beach clean-up at the Spit today, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said:

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WA’s rotten record on littering can be turned around by container deposits

Scott Ludlam 17 Sep 2013

New figures showing Western Australians are the worst litterers in the nation once again demonstrate the need for a container deposits system in WA, the Greens said today.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Keep Australia Beautiful's National Litter Index for 2012-13 showed the volume of litter in Western Australia was 71 per cent above the national average, but could be greatly reduced by adopting a South Australian-style cash for containers system.

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Canning NT’s container deposit scheme bad for SA

Coca-Cola’s legal challenge to the Northern Territory’s container deposit scheme, which is beginning in Sydney today, represents a serious risk for South Australian businesses, the Greens said.

“If Coca-Cola wins in the Northern Territory, it is small businesses in SA that will really lose out,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“We here in South Australia know how much of a success our container deposit scheme has been and we are rightly proud of that.

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