On World Environment Day 2016, the Queensland LNP announced its support for a major recycling scheme involving a 10c refund for every plastic bottle or can collected, and went on to promise the introduction of the scheme if re-elected.
“Wildlife Queensland welcomes this as a major step forward in reducing harm to wildlife,” said Des Boyland, Wildlife Queensland Policies and Campaigns Manager.
With the Queensland Parliament’s unanimous backing, the decks are finally cleared for the introduction of a scheme which will slash litter rates, increase recycling, create jobs and provide essential funding for community groups interested in collecting cans and bottles, all by major recycling scheme involving a 10c refund for every plastic bottle or can collected.
“Containers represent about 40 percent of litter found in the Queensland environment. Many of those containers are plastic which leach into the environment, polluting it and harming our precious wildlife. The introduction of a cash for containers scheme will significantly reduce this threat and act as a deterrent against littering,” said Boyland.
Wildlife Queensland will be pushing for the introduction of the scheme as soon as practical and continuing the other important initiative in reducing plastic pollution – a ban on single-use plastic bags. Wildlife Queensland continues its campaign to have a plastic bag ban included in any announced State Government action this year.