#RecycleRightVictoria #StopBigBeverage #SayYesCDS
For years our community campaigned for a 10c container deposit scheme (CDS) to clean up Victoria’s parks, streets, waterways and ocean, and finally the Victorian government has confirmed it will be introduced by 2023.
Now, Victoria has a chance to make a real difference to the environment, recycling and jobs with the future CDS — if the right decision about how the scheme will operate is made. The government is due to decide who will control the CDS, and the four-week consultation period with the public is open until 30 November 2020.
The choice is clear.
Coke and XXXX Gold and Powerade want to run the CDS in VIC as a "producer responsibility model" which means fewer refund points and depots and less opening hours so they can minimise the number of returns and their cost of having to pay 10c to customers and handling fees to recyclers.
What we want the VIC Government to do is the "split responsibility model" with a sole focus on recycling that prevents big drink company control, to ensure maximum convenience to achieve the biggest number of beverage containers returned and refunds back to consumers, communities and charities.
The Victorian government says it prefers a split responsibility model but we know the makers of Coke, XXX and Powerade are fighting for their alternative, less effective model and have big pockets to fund their campaign.
These companies are some of the world’s biggest plastic polluters, and they campaigned relentlessly against the introduction of a CDS in Victoria. They are campaigning to take total control over a scheme they never wanted.
As the last mainland state to implement a CDS, Victoria has a chance to learn from the mistakes and successes of the other states.
We need to recycle right Victoria. Join us in saying yes to a clean CDS.
You can do two things to help - sign the petition to stop big beverage controlling the CDS AND have your say about the design of CDS (links below).
WHAT IS CDS?
The CDS will allow Victorians to swap empty cans and bottles for a 10c refund per container. This kind of recycling initiative is already in place in all other mainland states in Australia. We have reviewed the schemes in Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales to assess their effectiveness.
Container deposit schemes also provide much-needed fundraising opportunities for thousands of community groups, sporting clubs and charities, through the collection and returning of containers, management of collection points or donation partner opportunities.
For more information on how a CDS works read our fact sheet below.
- InsideWaste Article - 30 Nov 2020
- Media Release - 12 Nov 2020
- Media Release - 2 Nov 2020
- Download the Fact Sheet
- 10 key attributes to the best CDS practice
Boomerang Alliance is actively campaigning for Zero Plastic Pollution.
- To transition to a zero-waste society by leveraging strategic opportunities to drive best practice resource efficiency, recovery and recycling.
- To eliminate unnecessary and problematic single use plastics from use.
- To cut 70% of Australia’s contribution to plastic pollution entering the oceans (before 2025).
OUR FIVE KEY PROGRAMS
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