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REUSE - Books!
Books are the perfect plastic-free present for your family and friends this Christmas. From classic tales to latest bestsellers, the perfect page-turner can enhance the imagination, expand the mind and broaden knowledge.
When you’re finished, books are the perfect regift. But remember, paperback is best. Avoid hardback covers with plastic sleeves
TIP: Protect trees by purchasing an electronic or second-hand copy from your local op shop.
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Rianti Bieler published Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - September 2018 in Newsletter 2018-10-01 19:40:07 +1000
It's been a busy quarter for Boomerang Alliance, as we move towards the end of a year that has heralded such enormous change around our favourite subject – plastic pollution! The momentum continues unabated, and as always, we have been at the vanguard of the movement, bringing an independent and informed voice to a diverse range of fora.
Much discussion has been seen in the wake of China's ban on plastic imports, which continues to bite across Australia. State and federal governments are seeking answers to address the crisis and among other initiatives, Boomerang Alliance was invited to take part in a series of consultation workshops in July, conducted by the University of Technology Sydney's Institute of Sustainable Futures, on behalf of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.
September also saw the launch of the Federal Government's expanded targets to reduce plastic packaging, accompanied by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation's (APCO) Australasian Recycling Label and the corresponding PREP Packaging Design tool. While we welcome these steps, questions arise around whether there is sufficient ambition to achieve the desired outcomes. (For more detail, check out our Latest News story)
We always welcome the opportunity to participate in and contribute to these discussions, and we see our role evolving to one of greater collaboration in finding the right solutions, now that the world is finally coming around to our way of thinking. There are plenty of 'traps for young players' along the way, but our long history of dealing with these issues means we are ideally placed to support those embarking on the path and seeking to achieve genuinely positive outcomes and we look forward to sharing our knowledge across an increasingly engaged stakeholder audience.
While the pace remains relatively slow, there are encouraging signs across the spectrum, but we can't take our eyes off the prize. Community mobilisation and campaigning remain the core of our activities and with the help of our loyal supporters, Boomerang Alliance will continue to drive ambitious objectives, call for robust policy measures to improve our resource efficiency and above all, ensure that our environment receives the consideration it deserves.
Jayne Paramor - Deputy Director of Boomerang Alliance
Our Facebook photo competition SnapBack, encouraging our supporters and environmentally conscious consumers to name and shame retailers and producers for unnecessary plastic packaging, was a huge success and resulted in a highly publicised feature in Guardian Australia.
FORUM: THE FUTURE OF PLASTIC PACKAGING
After the success of Snap Back photo competition, BA's plastic packaging campaign continued apace in July with a hugely successful breakfast forum, 'The Future of Plastic Packaging – Driving Change for Consumer Packaged Goods'.
'310,000 PIECES OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC…'
BA's Communities Taking Control scheme has made significant strides over the winter months. Plastic Free Noosa has recruited a further 80 business members for a total of 140 establishments reducing their plastic footprint, while Plastic Free Wollongong has joined forces with music festivals and clean up events to target plastic consumption.
QLD CONTAINER REFUND SCHEME TOUR
In anticipation of the QLD container refund scheme launch date on Nov 1, Boomerang Alliance hosted a series of forums across the state to introduce COEX who will run the scheme.
THE TROUBLE WITH COLES...
June and July saw something of a 'comedy of errors' emerge around the implementation of retailer plastic bag bans, highlighting that in those states without the benefit of legislated bans, the whims of consumers and retailers can easily result in some environmentally unsound decision making.
CDS VICTORIA - THE BATTLE CONTINUES...
In Victoria, our focus is building momentum for CDS. Our current aim is to get the major parties to include CDS in their policies prior to the November election.
NATURES ORGANICS: FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING
At the end of April, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announced 'all packaging would be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025'. And while considered an ambitious target by some, Natures Organics CEO Justin Dowel regards the push as farcical!
'It is a joke, to be honest,' he declared. 'Why are talking about 'recyclable?' Most plastics are recyclable! The problem is, we're not recycling most of the plastic. What we need to be doing is setting targets for recycled plastic, not recyclable. There's no point recycling if we have no use for recycled.
BA spoke with Justin Dowel about his family-owned enterprise, manufacturing environmentally sound cosmetic and cleaning brands including Australian Pure, Organic Care and Earth Choice.
JUSTIN FIELD, GREENS: 'NSW ENVIRO PLATFORM A JOKE!'
Hitting the beach with his two year-old son Banjo, NSW Greens MP Justin Field had a horrifying realization. 'I grew up on the beach picking up shells,' he recalls, 'but my son, he picks up plastic. And that is the difference in one generation.'
The Greens NSW member for legislative council, Justin is the spokesperson for fair trade finance, small business, trade, treasury and sport. But ultimately, his passion resides in the health of the marine environment. Taking a square aim at the laughable Berejiklian environmental platform while also lambasting 'disappointing' Malcolm Turnbull, Justin gave his take on Labour's eco promises and the Green's ever-growing parliamentary influence.
WAR ON WASTE: WHAT CAN AUSTRALIA LEARN FROM NORWAY?
Norway is often billed as a guiding light in the international war on plastic waste.
With their container deposit scheme frequently reported as ‘the best in the world’, thanks to an often quoted 97 per cent recycling rate (based on 598, 355, 791 bottles and containers recycled in 2016*) the international community is training their focus on the Scandinavian nation in an attempt to replicate this success.
BA spoke to Atle Hamar, State Secretary for the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment to learn if we can learn something from the land of the midnight sun and the birthplace of TOMRA reverse vending technology
CTC is Coming to WA
After the success of pilot programmes in Noosa, Byron Bay and Wollongong, Boomerang Allliance is bringing our Communities Taking Control across the country to WA
BA vs Thicker Plastic Bags
After the Coles fiasco, legislation surrounding thicker plastic bags (up to 70 microns thick) is more important than ever.
CDS Vic Goes to the Polls
In the run-up to the next Victorian state election in November, Boomerang Alliance is focusing our attentions on getting CDS included on all party agendas.
Words: Stephen Milton Design: Rianti Bieler We would not have been able to do all these works without our supporters. Please donate so we can continue our fight against plastic pollution.
Rianti Bieler published Boomerang Alliance Newsletter - June 2018 in Newsletter 2018-09-25 10:10:10 +1000
We have only days to defend the ocean around Australia.
Next Friday 27 April 2018, our State and Federal Environment Ministers will meet to discuss crucial issues, including the introduction of a nationwide ban on microbeads.
From personal care to dental hygiene to household cleaning, microbeads are used in an enormous range of products. They slip through our inadequate waste water filtration infrastructure and end up in the ocean. Once there, they act as a sponge for water-borne toxins and are easily mistaken as a food source by unwitting marine life, potentially adding toxins directly to the human food chain.
What’s more, without a national ban, surplus products containing microbeads that have been rejected by other countries could easily make their way to Australia, as manufacturers try to cut their losses. We can’t afford to let Australia become a potential dumping ground for these billions of pieces of microplastic.
Right now, the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Taiwan, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands have or will soon introduce bans on microbeads. Australia has no plans to do the same.
Instead the Commonwealth Government is relying on a voluntary phase out but only a national ban will eliminate the problem once and for all.
We need to put the pressure on. We need to protect marine wildlife, we need to protect the ocean. We need to protect our health.
Can you help us by contacting our state environment ministers and making your voice heard?
Rianti Bieler published Campaign Now - Microbeads Action 2018 Thank You Page 2018-04-18 15:19:17 +1000
Thank you for taking action on microbeads! With your help, Australia’s environment ministers will be under no doubt of our communities desire to safeguard our oceans with a ban on microbeads. And every voice counts.
A voluntary phase out of microbeads by Australian industry is not an option. Voluntary action can easily be revoked. We need legal protection for our marine wildlife, our marine environment and consequently, our own health.
Please share this call to action with your family, friends and followers. The more pressure on our state environment ministers, the greater the chance of a nationwide ban on microbeads. Make your voice heard.
We will keep you closely updated on the situation as it progresses.
Rianti Bieler published Campaign Now - Microbeads Action 2018 Append Text in Campaign Now - Microbeads Action 2018 2018-04-18 10:10:20 +1000
To date, Australia's Environment Ministers have favoured voluntary action to phase out the use of microbeads in cosmetics and cleaning products. With the growing, worldwide alarm about plastic pollution and its undoubted impact on Australia's marine life, I urge you to call for the implementation of a legally binding national ban to eliminate those remaining products that still contain trillions of ready-made microplastic microbeads just waiting to be washed down our drains and into our oceans.
I regard industry agreements as an interim step, but in order to ensure that microbeads do not reappear in the future and that all products and businesses are captured, only a binding law passed by the Commonwealth Government will suffice.
The rest of the world is responding to this problem, implementing robust laws to ban the use of microbeads. Australia cannot afford to become a dumping ground for all those non-compliant products that can no longer be sold in other countries and which may find their way here, as one of the only remaining markets into which they can be sold.
At your meeting with other environment ministers on April 27th, I urge you to demand that the Commonwealth Environment Minister agree to pass this important law before the end of 2018.
Thank you for your action to protect our oceans and contribute to a cleaner environment for present and future generations.
After just two months, the NSW container deposit scheme is already collecting over 1.5 million containers a day. As the rest of Australia follows suit in coming months, Victoria will soon be the only mainland state without a 10 cents container refund scheme.
Plastic bottles can travel in currents for thousands of kilometers. We need container deposit schemes across Australia and we are going on a tour across Victoria with a 3m long Coke bottle in tow, calling for a 10 cent refundable deposit on bottles and cans. It will help reduce litter, increase recycling rates, decrease the contamination rate and provide great fundraising opportunities for charity and community groups, especially in regional areas.
We will travel around 2,000 km over 2 weeks. From Melbourne to Port Fairy, up to Mildura, across to Wodonga and back via Bendigo and Ballarat, passing through a host of other towns along our route. We'll talk at schools and connect with the charity and community groups that will most benefit from this scheme. We'll organise roadside clean-ups, throwing the containers we find along the way into the big bottle. At the end of the journey, we will deliver the contents of the big bottle to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' office.
We have contacted MPs in each of the electorates to arrange a meeting, some have expressed interest, some have declined - call them and ask them to meet with us!
- Stawell: Louise Staley - (03) 5461 1255
- Warnambool & Port Fairy: Roma Britnell - (03) 5562 8230
- Horsham: Emma Kealy - (03) 5382 0097
- Mildura: Peter Crisp - (03) 5021 2828
- Echuca: Peter Walsh - (03) 5482 2039
- Wangaratta: Timothy McCurdy - (03) 5721 6155
- Beechworth & Yackandandah: William Tilley - (02) 6009 0808
- Bendigo: Jacinta Allan - (03) 5443 2144
- Castlemaine: Maree Edwards - (03) 5444 4125 (meeting confirmed)
Ballarat: Sharon Knight - (03) 5331 1003
With your help we can get drink containers out of landfill and our waterways, and put money into the pockets of our charities and community groups! Come and say hi if - honk your horns if you see us! Here is our itinerary:
31 March - 1 April 2018 Stawell 2 April 2018 Warrnambool 3 April 2018 Port Fairy 4 April 2018 Hamilton 5 April 2018 Mildura 6-7 April 2018 Echuca 8-9 April 2018 Beechworth/Yackandandah 10 April 2018 Bendigo 11 April 2018 Castlemaine 12 April 2018 Ballarat 13 April 2018 Back in Melbourne
Actions and activities in each town are shaping up. Follow the shenanigans and latest news of the Big Bottle below and see how fast we are filling the Big Bottle with containers found alongside the roads.
- The Stawell Times: A three-metre long coke bottle visited Stawell on Saturday
- Waste Management Review: Big Bottle Tour of regional Victoria for container deposit scheme
- The Standard: Boomerang Alliance brings big bottle to city
- ABC South West Victoria
- Good Will Nurdle Hunting
- ABC Mildura Facebook post
- ABC Mildura: Giant soft drink bottle tours Victoria to push for container deposit scheme
- Triple M Sunraysia
- Mildura Weekly: Strong local call for Victorian CDS (newspaper)
- Mildura Weekly: Strong local call for Victorian CDS (online)
- EMFM Radio, Echuca
- Riverine Herald: Recyclers rolled into town to sell deposits
- Sunraysia Daily: Cents in can scheme
- The Border Mail: Giant bottle touring Victoria as part of push for Garden State to follow NSW and introduce container deposit scheme
- Illawara Mercury: Albury supermarket owner upbeat about compensation for container scheme as giant bottle visits Beechworth as part of campaign
- The Border Mail: Positive spin of bottle
- Ovens & Murray Advertiser: Can cash make cents
- Ovens & Murray Advertiser: Big Bottle Tour hits the road
- 94.9 Main FM, Bendigo
- Bendigo Advertiser: The Boomerang Alliance's The Big Bottle Tour arrives in Bendigo to promote Container Deposit Schemes
- Triple M Bendigo
- WIN News Bendigo Facebook post
- WIN News Bendigo: Giant inflatable bottle
- Nine News
- Midland Express: Get plogging! Cash for cans and soft plastics
- ABC Radio Ballarat
- The Courier: Big bottle on tour for cash for containers push
- No Waste Ballarat: Guest speaker at movie screening Baykeepers
- Power 103.1 FM: Big Bottle Tour arrives in Ballarat
- Corporate Waste Solutions: Drumming up support for a Container Deposit Scheme
- WIN News Ballarat: Big Bottle
We are on the road! "We" is myself and Travis from "Our Wonderful Country Clean Up Project". Travis offered his time, ute and services for this tour and we think he's an absolute legend!
This whole campaign wouldn't be possible without the many donations and kind support we have received from so many Victorians! For instance, Ross and Ramona from Beach Patrol housed the Big Bottle over the last couple of months. They know how many drink containers are littered and they are tired of picking them up during their clean-ups. They are keen supporters of the Big Bottle tour because they know that Container Refund Schemes work.
I'm excited about this tour and I hope to take you guys with me - via this blog, by telling you about the people we'll meet, the issues and fun bits we'll encounter. Plenty of container litter on the A8, but we are on a mission to Stawell. Come and say hi to us tomorrow at the Stawell Street Festival!
Annett & The Big Bottle
Wow! In less than 3 months over 100 million containers have been collected by Return and Earn! And as we predicted they are finding markets because they are of high quality and not contaminated.
Many will have seen the hyper-criticism by some media outlets of short term issues being experienced by the NSW container deposit scheme - but it's unjustified.
Yes there are issues like the slower than planned rollout of collection points. However, every such scheme in the world has a ramp up period and it takes time for financially viable infrastructure to be put in place and for the community to adapt. We reject the hyper critical media commentators and some in the beverage industry who aren’t interested in a proven program being given time to sort out our serious recycling and litter problems.
New collection points are being opened every week and it’s very gratifying that the community wants more. As for the alleged consumer rip-off, the arrangements are no different to what occurs in South Australia - returns are projected; advance payment made by bottlers; and in the next quarter adjustments are made according to actual returns. Many bottlers then reduce their prices if there was overpayment. As the system settles in projections become more accurate. The initial agreed prices are to be reviewed after February.
The return rate for the first few months is close to what we predicted. It will gradually ramp up to about 80%. Return and Earn is a big, new program and NSW is the first state in Australia to bring in the modern, automated system that is necessary for our big cities and towns. We are continuing to monitor the program and where necessary, suggesting improvements.
Victoria has now committed to a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) to start by 2023. It needs to be the best scheme maximising recycling; with great convenience for consumers who want to redeem their 10cents; and a credible governance system.
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.
NSWs 'Earn and Return' has collected over 5 billion containers in 36 months and increased recycling rates from 35% to over 70% under its ''split responsibility'' model with the independent Coordinator and Network Operator. This is supported by the Victorian government for the state's CDS.
QLDs 'Containers For Change' which operates under the system favoured by Coca Cola has significant problems with inconvenient refund points; alleged fraud; and lower recycling rates. Nevertheless, Coke and Lion have embarked on a campaign to reverse the government's position because they can make a profit from a poorly performing CDS by keeping consumer refunds.
NOW we need to win the battle for a CDS that works best for consumers and recycling.
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Sign this letter to Lily D'Ambrosio thanking her for the CDS and maintaining her government's support for the BEST system.
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, Tasmania and Vic are planning to follow suit in 2020, 2022 and 2023, respectively.7,757 signatures
Dear Ms D'Ambrosio,
Thank you for supporting the introduction of a 10 cents refundable deposit on drink bottles and cans in VICTORIA under the split responsibility model.
Victoria is now the LAST state to commit to a container deposit scheme (CDS) but can learn the lessons from other Australian states - and have the best CDS. As your research has shown, the NSW split responsibility model works best and Victoria can adopt its key features for the environment, jobs, convenient access for refunds and charities.
We support you rejecting the weak approach proposed by the big beverage companies, Coke and Lion.
A best practice CDS can 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.
Please keep me in touch with your work on scheme design.
The pressure is on the three remaining states without a plastic bag ban to take action before the next Environment Ministers meeting end of June 2017. The next few weeks are critical for increasing the pressure on the NSW (Liberal), Victorian (Labor) and West Australian (Labor) Governments to implement a ban on single-use lightweight plastic bags.
Give the oceans a voice by sending them a personal email asking for a ban on bags, and explaining why you care. It doesn't have to be a long email, but please try to make it sound personal as it would have more weight. We need to show them that we really want to protect our oceans and precious marine life.
Tell them the community is ready to #banthebag. We have waited too long. No more excuses!
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Add your personal message here explaining why this is important to you for single use lightweight plastic bags to be banned in NSW, VIC and WA.
In my view the immediate and effective policy response from State jurisdictions on plastic bags should be:
To ban all single use HDPE bags up to 70 microns. This ban should apply to all wholesalers, importers and retailers who provide these products to their customers both in shop and online, including all small business.
The ban should include all identified 'biodegradable and degradable' bags up to 70 microns (standards used in current laws for biodegradability/compostability do not prevent microplastic pollution – see below).
Specific purpose bags less than 70 microns such as barrier bags could be exempted, but only where there is a demonstrated health, food safety or fit-for-purpose reason and where no viable alternative exists. Any such exempted bags should be uncoloured and unbranded to avoid increased ingestion by marine life.
Ensure targeting of bait bags and ice cube bags which are usually used outdoors and represent a particular problem in the litter stream.
A transition period of 6 months should be established between an announcement and introduction of any bans, to allow for alternative arrangements and a public/retailer education program.
An effective penalty and resourced compliance regime.
A levy not be supported due to administrative complexity and the lack of long term impact.
An Intermediate Policy Response (a continuous improvement strategy) should be:
The establishment of an expert taskforce to review and report back to government within one year on recommended actions to restrict other forms of single use plastic packaging not included in the immediate policy. This review should include the identification of alternative products and practices to single use plastic packaging.
People just like you have built the Boomerang Alliance into a powerful force for change. Our efforts are making the difference that could save the environment for future generations to enjoy.
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