LNP Cash for Containers scheme to clean up Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
  • LNP container deposit scheme to protect environment and grow jobs
  • Hervey Bay community groups given the opportunity to benefit from cashing in containers
  • Similar schemes in other states see more than 80 per cent of consumers cash in their containers

This World Environment Day, the LNP has committed to a policy that would address one of Queensland’s enduring environmental issues – cans and bottles littering our land and waterways and creating excess land fill issues.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the LNP would introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) that would see Hervey Bay consumers, businesses and charities refunded 10 cents for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling.

“The LNP’s plan would deliver a great win for the environment in the Hervey Bay, result in less visual pollution and could create hundreds of jobs across Queensland in the recycling sector,” Ted said.

“The Fraser Coast area is unique, and with this benchmark policy from the LNP we can help keep the region litter free.

“Community groups in Hervey Bay will have the opportunity to organise community clean-up events and cash in containers through the scheme to aid fundraising efforts for other activities.

“It’s estimated that Queensland community groups could claim over $25 million from deposits and handling fees, and create hundreds of new jobs across the state in the recycling sector.

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up the Fraser Coast and better protect our environment.

Simon Warner, CEO of SEQ Catchments, a community based not-for- profit organisation, attended the LNP’s container deposit scheme announcement.

“Litter, especially plastic, is one of the most damaging things that we as humans have done to our environment and this especially affects our marine animals and birds,” Mr Warner said.

“The LNP’s announcement should create bipartisan support for the introduction of a container deposit scheme and is a great step forward.

“There should now be no need to delay the implementation of a scheme in Queensland. This also gives the community a reason to hope that on the important issues effecting the environment both sides of politics can agree.”

Shadow Environment Minister Christian Rowan said the introduction of the CDS reaffirmed the LNP’s commitment to grass roots environmental policies and would bring Queensland in line with other states across Australia.

“In states where a Container Deposit Scheme has been introduced, more than 80 per cent of consumers return containers and a 2015 Newspoll showed 85 per cent of Queenslanders supported a CDS,” said Dr Rowan.

“While Labor tries to paint itself as the party that cares for the environment, its record shows a party big on rhetoric, but doing little in the way on real, workable policies that help protect our environment.

“The index shows our litter rate is 41 per cent higher than the national average, with 72 items of litter per 1000 m2, and we should be doing everything we can to clean up Queensland.

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up Queensland and better protect our environment.”

Key Facts:

  • Qld can expect container litter to fall by 60% and create hundreds of new jobs in recycling.
  • NSW will be introducing a CDS in 2017 and Qld should investigate the prospect of partnering with NSW.
  • In states where a Container Deposit Scheme has been introduced, more than 80 per cent of consumers return containers.

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