John Blyth

  • signed cds vic 2017-02-22 17:04:05 +1100

    Ask the Victorian Government to adopt a world class container deposit scheme

    Victoria is the ONLY state that has yet to commit to a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). Every other state either has a scheme or will get one soon. We are missing out on an estimate $50 million a year in fundraising to community groups and charities.

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    The Boomerang Alliance has joined forces with Victorian community organisations and groups to push for action. The Victorian government originally was defending inaction on CDS with questionable statistics on litter and recycling rates. We took actions to dispel myths, raise awareness and presented the true cost of inaction. The feedback we get from the community is that of overwhelming support for a CDS. Yet, the Victorian government remains recalcitrant, saying they are "monitoring and evaluating" how schemes progress in other states.

    Newsflash: It's going really well! NSWs 'Earn and Return' collected 2 billion containers in 19 months and increased recycling rates from 35% to over 65% (June 2019). QLDs 'Containers For Change' has collected over 620 million containers in 8 months. Hundreds of jobs have been created and hundreds of charities are benefiting.

    We want Victoria to become active NOW and commit to a container deposit scheme, harmonised with other states!

    SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?

    • Sign this petition to Lily D'Ambrosio asking for a CDS

    • Sign up to our campaign and join us in clean-ups, media stunts and other actions

    • Donate to our campaign


    HOW DOES A CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME WORK?

    A container deposit scheme is based on a refundable deposit able to be redeemed by the consumer or collectors at convenient locations. In other words, people get cash for recycling their containers. There are over 40 such systems around the world including in South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT, NSW and Queensland. WA and Tasmania are planning to follow suit in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Victoria needs to commit NOW!

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    Dear Ms D'Ambrosio,

    I support the introduction of a 10 cents refundable deposit on bottles and cans in VICTORIA. Newspolls results (conducted in June 2018) show that I am not alone – 84% of Victorians agree.

    Victoria is now the LAST state to commit to a container deposit scheme. Cash for Containers has led to a significant increase in recycling rates in all states that it's been implemented in. NSW report an increase from 35% to over 65% (June 2018, EPA NSW). The scheme is also going well in NT, the ACT and QLD. And of course, SA has had it for decades. Why are we the only state left out?

    The Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution recommended State Governments introduce a Container Deposit System by 2020 or Federal action may be warranted. According to the National Litter Index, two thirds of plastic litter volume in Victoria is drink container litter - why are you waiting to introduce a scheme that you know is proven to reduce litter rates? 

    I support a modern, efficient, convenient and low-cost container deposit system. The social and economic benefits include more jobs in resource recovery and a new source of income for charities. The SA scouts report $15 million a year of income from CDS - why are Victorian charities and community groups still missing out?

    CDS can also help with the recycling crisis, as it produces reliable streams of sorted, uncontaminated materials that are of higher value and can underpin a local recycling industry. That's why the vast majority of councils support the call for a CDS, including their representative bodies, the MAV and LGVA. When will you answer that call?

    I call on you to introduce a 10 cents refundable deposit on bottles and cans in VICTORIA – to reduce the litter and increase the recycling of beverage containers.

    Yours sincerely,

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  • donated 2017-05-06 15:47:22 +1000

    Historic opportunity to ban plastic bags!

    $20,995.00 raised
    GOAL: $22,000.00

    Did you know that 52% of the world's sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish? Last year, the Australian Senate Inquiry into marine plastic pollution warned of a ‘looming health crisis’ from eating seafood and ingesting the bioaccumulation of plastic and adhered toxic chemicals. This has to stop!

    At the end of June, the environment ministers will be coming together for their regular meeting. We want their main focus to be a ban on lightweight single use plastic bags throughout Australia. In order for this to happen, we need to urgently mobilise and support our 50 allied plastic bag-free groups.

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    Please chip in today to help us win, it would save countless turtles, whales, birds and other marine life from harm.

    Every donation $2 and over is tax deductible.

    Please contact our donations administrator Jenn (jennb@tec.org.au / 02 9211 5022) for alternative methods of donating.

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  • signed Sign The Open Letter: Ban Plastic Bags 2015-12-11 23:48:40 +1100
    A ban on single use plastic bags would be a massive step towards reducing land, and particularly marine pollution.

    And it should be so simple! No-one misses them in Wales; people just take their own carry bags.

    Sign The Open Letter: Ban Plastic Bags

    In July 2017 Environment Ministers are meeting to discuss what to do about plastic bags.

    Tasmania, the ACT, The Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags and Queensland is introducing a ban in July 2018.

    We're making sure when they meet that the NSW, Victorian and WA Ministers know there is huge community support for taking action on plastic bags. We've joined with 49 community and environment groups, representing thousands of members, to write an open letter demanding greater action. Add your name to the open letter today to let the ministers know you support a ban on plastic bags.  

    There is increasing evidence that even though a small percentage of bags are littered and then broken up into smaller and smaller pieces – they have a devastating impact on the environment. This includes so called ‘biodegradable’ bags, which are just as dangerous in the marine environment.

    With the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimating there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline – and a large legacy of plastic from previous years becoming microplastic – action needs to be taken on multiple fronts.

    Plastic pollution is a major threat to wildlife. Globally it is estimated that 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 mammals die every year as a result of plastic ingestion or entanglement. Of great concern are the secondary microplastics derived from broken up bags and bottles.

    We estimate that some 180 million bags enter the Australian environment every year.

    Read the full letter and our policy recommendations here

    Thanks to our partners who joined the open letter. 

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    Dear Minister,

    Environment ministers have been discussing the issue of removing plastic bags from the litter stream and marine environment for long enough.

    Every Australian wants our stunning rivers, oceans and waterways to have a clean and healthy future. Plastic pollution infests waterways, clogging them with plastic bags, packaging and microbeads.  In Australia, the CSIRO Marine Debris Report 2014 estimated there are over 124 billion individual pieces of visible plastic littering the Australian coastline.

    The tripartisan 2016 Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution urged Australian state and federal governments to ban plastic bags and microbeads as a matter of urgency.

    Tasmania, the ACT, the Northern Territory and South Australia have already banned single use plastic bags and can improve their legislation to include 'so-called biodegradable' bags which are just as big a problem in the marine environment as conventional plastic bags.

    We are calling on Environment Ministers in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia to catch up and take immediate action by banning single use plastic bags (including so-called biodegradable bags). 

    Plastic pollution is lethal. We need strong action now.

     

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  • donated 2015-10-17 23:22:28 +1100

    Thank You!

    With your support we can win the campaign to introduce a Cash for Containers Scheme in Victoria  – but we know it’s going to take everything we have. Please help us take this fight to the next level by digging deep and giving what you can.

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  • donated 2019-10-14 16:31:00 +1100

    Monthly Donation

    With an outburst of community support, Boomerang Alliance won the Cash for Containers campaign in NSW, Queensland, ACT and WA! We are also working on an effective plastic ban bag across Australia and other actions to stop plastic pollution.

    Start monthly donations today and together we will fight to keep pollution out of our streets, our bushlands and our oceans (every donation $2 and over is tax deductible).

    Donate online by credit card below or by one of these alternative methods:

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  • donated 2016-08-24 06:30:10 +1000

    One Time Donation

    With an outburst of community support, Boomerang Alliance won the Cash for Containers campaign in NSW, Queensland, ACT and WA! We are also working on an effective plastic ban bag across Australia and other actions to stop plastic pollution.

    Donate today and together we will keep pollution out of our streets, our bushlands and our oceans (every donation $2 and over is tax deductible).

    Donate online by credit card below or by one of these alternative methods:

    • Cheque - please make payable to Total Environment Centre and post to PO Box K61, Haymarket NSW 1240, with a note saying that your donation is for the Boomerang Alliance.
    • Phone/Email - please contact Jenn (jennb@tec.org.au / 02 9211 5022) with your credit card details and let her know that your donation is for the Boomerang Alliance.
    • Paypal - via this link.
    • Direct debit or deposit to our bank account.
      Bank: Commonwealth Bank
      Account Name: Total Environment Centre
      BSB: 062004
      Account Number: 10012342
      Please include your name in the transaction details and contact Jenn (jennb@tec.org.au / 02 9211 5022) to confirm that your donation is for the Boomerang Alliance and to request a receipt.

      N.B.: Boomerang Alliance donations are auspiced by Total Environment Centre (a DGR1 endorsed charity).

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