Only three days left to voice your support for a national Container Deposit Scheme (CDS)

There are only three days left to voice your support for a national Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). In doing so, you can help stop more than 9 million recyclable containers going to landfill every day.

The Federal Governments “Regulatory Impact Statement” (RIS) into a national container deposit scheme is out for comment until 30 March. However there are serious flaws in its approach.

The RIS understates the benefits and overstates the costs of environmental policies – in this case contradicting the evidence from real life operating CDS which shows massive benefits!

Please send a message of support for a CDS to SCEW.Secretariat@environment.gov.au BEFORE THIS FRIDAY 30 MARCH 2012.

Some of the issues you might like to include in your message are:

·         Thanks to a container deposit scheme that has been operating successfully for over 30 years, South Australians currently recycle more than 80 per cent of their recyclable containers seeing the virtual disappearance of container litter.

·         New data shows the national the recycling rate of beverage containers is about 40% – down from the 48% claimed in the Packaging Regulatory Impact Statement. It’s the biggest problem in packaging.

·         The failure to do a financial analysis that reveals the financial impacts on industry and consumers, when previous research has shown CDS will cost half a cent a container.

·         The failure of the RIS to include the financial benefits of more jobs and extra non-container materials going to CDS drop-off centres.

·         The RIS treats theoretical industry options such as more bins and advertising as having the same validity as proven schemes such as a CDS.  A major problem also found by ABARE in its peer review of the RIS.

·         CDS is the only way to quickly and sustainably remove an extra 4 billion beverage containers a year from the litter and landfill streams and build a network of recycling depots around Australia.

·         The best container recycling system in the world will only cost half a cent a container and environment ministers should stop doing studies and implement it.

·         Every day the Commonwealth delays a national container deposits system another 9 million recyclable beverage containers go into landfill.

·         A National Container Deposit Scheme will double the recycling rate, clean up the litter, create jobs and reduce pollution and provide a system for better waste management for other goods, such as e-waste and batteries.

Scott has been working in the Senate for over three years to introduce a national container deposit scheme – during that time more than 20 billion recyclable containers have gone to landfill unnecessarily. Let’s stop wasting time adding to the waste.
Please send the government a message today.

Written submissions should be sent by 30 March 2012 to: SCEW.Secretariat@environment.gov.au

Contact number for general enquiries: (02) 6274 1819 or for more information visit http://www.ephc.gov.au/product_stewardship/packaging_impacts

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