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Greens urge environment ministers to agree on national CDS.

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Scott Ludlam 

Greens urge environment ministers to agree on national CDS

Media Release | Spokesperson Scott Ludlam

Friday 2nd July 2010, 9:51am


• Container Deposit Legislation

The Australian Greens have joined a collection of seventeen environment groups from around the country

calling on environment ministers to agree to a national Container Deposit Scheme, to recycle Australia's 11

billion beverage containers per year, when they meet in Darwin on Monday.

"We think it's high time for an announcement in this area. They all say the right things but never agree on

the one obvious measure that would have significant benefits for the environment," said WA Greens

Senator Scott Ludlam.

"We can establish a cost effective system without the need for new infrastructure or any new taxes."

"It would greatly reduce litter leading to an 80% recycling rate of containers, and create up to 2,000 new

jobs. We would see hundreds of convenient drop-off centres, not just for containers but also for other

problem wastes such as batteries and electronic items.

"The Federal Government must release choice modelling it commissioned and a peer review report, which

we know back these calls. They defied a Senate order to table these key documents last week, with both

Labor and the Coalition also rejecting a Greens motion for a national scheme.

"Monday's meeting represents the best opportunity yet for environment ministers to step up and be

counted, and finally listen to the overwhelming public call for a nationwide scheme," Senator Ludlam said.

Media Contact: Fernando de Freitas 0417 174 302