The Hon Albert Jacob
Minister for the Environment
12th Floor Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
West Perth WA 6005
I want to thank you for announcing your government's intention to introduce a 10c refundable deposit on bottles and cans (17/8/16) to clean up litter and increase recycling, in Western Australia. This is fantastic news and Newspoll results (Oct 2013) show that I am not alone in celebrating this announcement – 90% of West Australians agree that we need Cash for Containers.
As you know container deposits have operated successfully in South Australia for nearly 40 years and they are effective in over 40 places around the world. Cash for Containers has led to a significant increase in recycling rates in the Northern Territory in its first three years.
The NSW Government has recently announced that they will introduce Cash for Containers – beginning in July 2017 – and Queensland is also investigating a similar scheme. I am so glad to hear that Western Australia will join with South Australia and NT to create a harmonised Container Deposit System across more than half of Australia - due around mid 2018.
When the detailed planning begins for the WA scheme please be aware that there is widespread community support for a modern, efficient, convenient and low-cost container deposit system. The social and economic benefits include more jobs in local resource recovery and a new source of income for charities. The environmental benefits are enormous with less plastic and other pollution in our waterways, parks and roadsides.
Local councils in the city and country can also benefit from Cash for Containers.
I commend you for announcing that you intend to introduce a 10c refundable deposit on bottles and cans in WESTERN AUSTRALIA – to reduce the litter and increase the recycling of beverage containers - and look forward to hearing further details.
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