Andrew Gray

  • followed CTC sign up - Wollongong 2017-05-09 10:49:42 +1000

    Communities Taking Control Wollongong

    Communities Taking Control - Wollongong Taskforce. If you wish to be involved in reducing single-use plastics across the entire Wollongong community please join the taskforce! We are looking to introduce our plan to Wollongong during Plastic Free July this year however information in the lead up will be send out with details on how you can get involved, including volunteering opportunities, information nights and links to printout materials to engage with local businesses. An overview of the Campaign can be found here.

    For those looking to play a more active role in the development of the initiative, email andy.gray[at] for more information.

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  • signed cds vic 2017-02-22 10:15:31 +1100

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

    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. 

    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.

    NOW we need to win the battle for a CDS that works best for consumers and recycling.


    • Sign this letter to Lily D'Ambrosio thanking her for supporting a CDS and calling for the BEST system.

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

    • Donate to our campaign


    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. Enregistrer


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    Dear Ms D'Ambrosio,

    Thank you for supporting the introduction of a 10 cents refundable deposit on drink bottles and cans in VICTORIA. 

    Victoria is now the LAST state to commit to a container deposit scheme but can learn the lessons from other Australian states - and have the best CDS.  Cash for Containers has led to a significant increase in recycling rates in all states in which it's been implemented. NSW reports 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. 

    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. 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. 

    How effective it is, will depend on the design of the scheme, in particular:

    • convenient collection points for consumers to get their 10cent refund, maximising return rates and recycling
    • with billions of drinks sold in Victoria each year, a lot of money is involved and it's essential there is no real or perceived conflict of interest in the management group that runs the scheme and refunds. 
    • good opportunities for charities to be involved.

    Please keep me in touch with your work on scheme design. 

    Yours sincerely,

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  • Launch of our plan to stop marine plastic pollution

     Last week we held two event nights at Melbourne and Brisbane where we launched our draft Threat Abatement Plan to reduce 70% of Australia's plastic pollution entering the ocean by 2020. The night's were a combination of in-depth policy content by Dave West who has championed the campaign, Toby Hutchinson our Queensland Manager, Jeff Angel and guest speakers Chris Wilcox a research scientist with CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Susie Crick, Winter Vincent and Pacha Light from the Surfrider Foundation who spoke about the urgent need to for action to protect our oceans.



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  • published QLD LNP to support plastic bag ban in Latest 2016-11-22 11:54:30 +1100

  • commented on MPP BLOG 05: Litter - What, Where and How 2016-10-26 15:37:06 +1100
    Thanks for your comments and feedback Aida. Indeed there is a need to visit schools to educate people particularly at a young age that littering behaviours are as you put it ‘anti social behaviour’. We have taken steps to achieve this education leg via our Ocean Action Pod, which is a portable marine plastic pollution education trailer designed to educate school kids on the effects of plastic pollution to marine wildlife and the food chain. If you are interested in incorporating our Ocean Pod into your local school area please contact

  • Sources & Distribution of Plastic in Our Oceans


    Dave West exposes the extent of plastic being released into the Australian marine environment. 

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