- Created on Thursday, 15 September 2011 17:20
Seventeen national and state environment groups have urged Australia’s national and state environment ministers to start planning for the introduction of a container deposit system (CDS) at their Canberra meeting tomorrow.
“We’ve had 8 years of studies and reviews and process cul-de-sacs. There’s now enough information to show the very significant economic, environmental and community benefits of a CDS. At most it will cost half a cent a container to reap hundreds of new drop-off centres that can take a range of recycled materials, create over 1,000 new jobs, make millions of dollars for community service groups and achieve a massive drop in litter,” said Jeff Angel, National Convenor of the Boomerang Alliance.
“We think that individual states should introduce a CDS but if there is a national agreement tomorrow then so much the better. But it’s time to stop wasting time. Every non-decision from a ministerial meeting means another 6 billion beverage containers thrown away each year.”
“Environment groups have also told ministers they have no confidence in the current regulatory impact statement process – the latest study into a CDS. Some senior officials also oppose a CDS and are advising ministers. The way it has been set up is biased and the narrow economic methodology leads to a negative view of key environmental benefits. It’s just another way of saying no,” Mr. Angel said.