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Thursday, 10 May 1973
Page: 1955

Mr COATES (DENISON, TASMANIA) - 1 ask the Minister for the Environment and Conservation a question. Is it a fact, as has been alleged, that, of the steel cans collected for recycling by Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd only a minute fraction are recycled? ls this necessarily inconsistent with the statement that all cans actually returned to the steel works are recycled? In view of the fact that many people, having been encouraged to do so, go to the trouble of disposing of cans in a way which allows recycling in the belief that they are assisting the environment and the conservation of resources, will the Minister investigate the allegations and expose the practice if it proves to be nothing more than an advertising gimmick?

Dr CASS (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Environment and Conservation) - I cannot give a specific answer because frankly I do not know. I have seen the allegations and I have seen the refutation on behalf of Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd. The matter is being investigated by a committee of the Australian Environment Council and when we get an answer everybody shall be informed.

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