Call for Container Deposit Legislation
Australia consumes about 14 to 15 billion drink containers a year. About half of those are recycled. The rest are either litter or landfill. While beverage containers are easy to recycle, most drinks are consumed away from home and away from recycling. Recycling bins in public places do not work because they get contaminated with rubbish, only to end up in landfill.
A container deposit scheme involves a consumer paying a deposit on a beverage container at the time of purchase and later redeeming the deposit from a beverage container collector (possibly a retailer or the operator of a collection depot) by surrendering the empty beverage container.
Deposit schemes create an incentive for people to return beverage containers to recycling depots for a refund. In South Australia where there is successful Container Deposit Legislation in place drink bottles and cans make up only 2.2 per cent of all litter.
Returning beverage containers reduces the amount of rubbish going to landfill or littering the environment, increases recycling rates, avoids using virgin material for new products, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, reduces water usage and creates jobs.
There have been national conversations about container deposit systems but these have not yet produced a functioning result. It is now time for Queensland to offer leadership to other states by introducing an effective state-based system.
For more information read the article Church Calls for Queensland Container Deposit Legislation on JourneyOnline.
New South Wales recently announced a scheme to begin in 2017. It is expected to generate $65 million a year for non-profit groups and has 90% public support.
Queensland recently announced an intention to investigate to container deposit scheme.
You can use the form and letter below and urge Hon Dr Steven Miles, Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, to follow through on this intention with action.