The City of Melbourne has backed a campaign from the Municipal Association of Victoria calling for the introduction of a state-wide Container Deposit Scheme, aka a cashback plan for collecting bottles and cans. And to that we say: it was about time.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said a Container Deposit Scheme would help reduce plastic and glass being sent to landfill. “The recycling system is broken and we need to harness community and industry support to fix it,” the Lord Mayor says.
South Australia first introduced its scheme in 1977—they're currently offering a 10 cent deposit and refund on beverage containers.
“Introducing a similar scheme in Victoria would help reduce litter while providing a commodity that could be used by our local industry,” Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, Cr Cathy Oke says.
Along with reducing litter, the scheme would ensure the beverage supplier industry takes greater responsibility for packaging—it rewards individuals, community groups, sporting clubs and charities for picking up littered beverage containers.
The City of Melbourne is also looking at increasing the number of recycled products that it uses in infrastructure projects. For example, instead of having glass bottles and plastic thrown into a landfill, they could be used to help build new roads, footpaths, bikeways and playground equipment.
Victoria and Tasmania are the only Australian states yet to commit to a scheme.
What: Container Deposit Scheme
Where: Victoria and Tasmania
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