South Australian independent MP Rebekha Sharkie is calling on the Federal government to implement a national container deposit scheme and for it to be rolled out before the next Federal election.
The Centre Alliance MP says Australians use more than 13 billion beverage containers a year, which amounts to more than 36 million each day. She’s calling on Tasmania and Victoria to follow other states and territories to implement the policy.
“Back in 1977, when people were still wearing flares, each generation of South Australian kids have been crunching cans on the pavement or under the back verandah for that extra bit of pocket money,” Sharkie said.
“The scheme refunded more than $58 million drink containers for recycling from 2016 to 2017. Increased aluminium recycling would help Australia meet its Paris commitments.”
Tasmanian Labor MP Brian Mitchell “wholeheartedly” agrees with the proposal and said last month’s state Labor conference unanimously supported the idea.
Sharkie’s call for the recycling scheme comes after a parliamentary committee report recommended it as part of a plan to tackle Australia’s growing waste woes.