An IPSOS Poll conducted in July 2018, on behalf of Boomerang ally, the Total Environment Centre, showed that 84% of Victorians support a Container Deposit Scheme. This polling fully reinforced the response that we saw in regional Victoria earlier in the year, as we wove our way across the Victorian countryside on the Big Bottle Tour.
But the Victorian Government remains recalcitrant, continuing to state that they are ‘monitoring and evaluating’ other schemes being introduced across Australia.
We’re not entirely sure what the Andrews Government is waiting to find out. The schemes already in place around Australia have been producing fantastic results, even from the earliest stages – just check out the other pages on this site detailing what’s happening in other states and territories. In the meantime, Victoria is still struggling to deal with an excessive volume of container litter finding its way into the environment – two thirds of plastic litter in Victoria is made up of beverage containers – and a lack of onward markets for the contaminated material being collected through kerbside recycling programs. The arguments against CDS are dwindling, and the evidence is stacking up that the Government’s recalcitrance is having a detrimental impact.
The lack of market for the contaminated plastics being collected through the existing kerbside system is leading to stockpiling by recyclers unable to shift an ever-increasing quantity of unwanted plastic. The recent fires at the SKM sites across Victoria are a direct consequence of this stockpiling, with the Victorian EPA being forced to close four sites across the state due to non-compliance. This has subsequently left several local councils with no choice but to send their recyclables to landfill, resulting in environmentally poor outcomes combined with higher costs to councils which are forced to pay landfill levies for the disposal of recyclable materials.
But we see a huge opportunity in this crisis! Boomerang Alliance will continue the push, with the constantly growing support of the Victorian community and councils behind us.
We are forming alliances between councils, associations, businesses and volunteer groups to make more people aware of what they are missing out on. Whether it’s clean-ups with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association, Beach Patrol or Tangaroa Blue, or rallies on the steps of Parliament for Friends of the Earth, or representing those voices on the Victorian Environment Minister’s Plastic Pollution Reference Group, we will continue working to increase the profile of CDS.
But we need your help too…
You can send a letter to your local Member of Parliament, letting them know that you want a Container Deposit Scheme in Victoria – it’s easy! Just visit our DoGooder page, put in your postcode and it will send an email to the sitting member for your area. And then, you’re your friends and family to do the same by sharing it on your social media feeds and letting them know about it across the dinner table or at your next barbeque. The more letters we can send, the clearer the message that the Victorian community wants CDS!
THE 2018 BIG BOTTLE TOUR
We need container deposit schemes across Australia and we went on a tour across Victoria in March/April 2018 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.
WILL YOUR ORGANISATION SUPPORT CASH FOR CONTAINERS?
Hundreds of community groups, charities and non-profit organisations around Australia added their name to the Cash for Containers campaign and were instrumental in our success in NSW, Queensland and WA. Now it is Victoria's turn - sign on today to endorse the Cash for Containers campaign in Victoria and help make Australia litter free.
PETITION: CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME FOR VICTORIA
NSW implemented the container deposit scheme (CDS) in Dec 2017 and QLD, WA and the ACT are all commiting to a container deposit scheme. South Australia have had a CDS for decades and the Northern Territory implemented one in 2012. Victoria is the only mainland state that has yet to commit. Sign the petition to Lily D'Ambrosio asking the Victorian government to adopt a world class container deposit scheme.
This page was last updated on 25 March 2019