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ENVIRONMENT—NATIONAL CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME

Senator Ludlam, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 850—That the Senate notes that:

 (a) Australians use more than 11 billion drink containers every year;

 (b) through a container deposit scheme, South Australia has achieved a recovery rate of more than 80 per cent;

 (c) the National Waste Report 2010 shows that Australians recycle only 40 per cent of municipal solid waste;

 (d) a national container deposit scheme would:

  (i) create hundreds of green jobs,

  (ii) decrease litter by 12 to 15 per cent,

  (iii) increase recycling of drink containers from 50 to 80 per cent,


  (iv) divert more than 512 000 tonnes from landfill,

  (v) reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one million tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of switching 135 000 homes to renewable energy, and

  (vi) improve air quality to the equivalent of taking 56 000 cars off the road; and

 (e) a national container deposit scheme be introduced without further delay.

Question put and negatived.

Statements by leave: Senators Ludlam and Xenophon, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.