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]boomerangalliance.org.au for more information.Sign up
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.
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!4,714 signatures
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.
Andrew Gray published Launch of our plan to stop marine plastic pollution in Latest 2016-12-07 11:52:16 +1100
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.
Andrew Gray commented on MPP BLOG 05: Litter - What, Where and How 2016-10-26 15:37:06 +1100Thanks 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Gray published MPP BLOG 01: Sources & Distribution of Plastic in Our Oceans in Blog 2016-08-17 17:59:41 +1000
Dave West exposes the extent of plastic being released into the Australian marine environment.Read more