Last night the Victorian Parliament passed a new law to set up drink bottle and can refunds (CDS) to stop the litter and maximise recycling. At last!
It's taken many decades of efforts by many local and state groups and the Boomerang Alliance has been proud to work with them for the last 15 years.
Coke and Lion, through their lobby group VicRecycle ran a cashed up, misleading campaign to reverse the government's chosen approach, but we fought back and it was rebutted. Our recommended model ("split responsibility") has been enacted. Victoria will now have a scheme that offers the best pathway to greatly increased recycling (including local processing into new products), preventing the flow of plastic and other containers onto our parks and into the waterways and ocean.
The government has moved quickly to call for expressions of interest from potential operators of the CDS and it should start in early 2023.
A good end to a difficult year. Many thanks for your support!