Brimbank Council is calling on the State Government to consider introducing a container deposit scheme in Victoria.
A container deposit scheme encourages recycling in the community while reducing litter and the number of containers going to landfill. Under the scheme, empty containers can be returned for a monetary refund.
South Australia has operated a container deposit scheme for decades. Over time, it has also been implemented in NSW and ACT, and WA and QLD have all committed to introducing the scheme.
Attempts to introduce the scheme in Victoria have been unsuccessful to date. Victoria will soon be the only mainland state without a container deposit scheme.
A recent online poll conducted in June 2018 (conducted on behalf of advocacy group the Total Environment Centre) showed that 84% of Victorians support a deposit and refund scheme for drink bottles and cans.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council would write to the Victorian Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, to request that the State Government introduce a container deposit scheme in Victoria that encourages and incentivises recycling in the community.
“A container deposit scheme is a step in the right direction for the environment and supports Council’s commitment to creating a cleaner, greener, more sustainable Brimbank.
“As a responsive Council, we are looking at better ways to reduce litter, leading to cleaner waterways, parks and streets – ultimately reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill,” Cr Giudice said.
A Notice of Motion was moved by Cr Kim Thien Truong at this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting (16 October 2018), requesting that Council write to the State Government expressing Brimbank’s position on this issue, and calling for the introduction of a container deposit scheme in Victoria.
“This is an important initiative for Council to pursue with the State Government as Victoria will soon be the only mainland state without a 10 cents container deposit scheme.
“Research by the Boomerang Alliance shows that a container deposit scheme will reduce litter and contamination rates, increase recycling rates and provide an estimated $50 million in fundraising opportunities for charity and community groups.
“Brimbank would be an ideal city to pilot collection options and provide an opportunity for the State Government to demonstrate the roll out of a CDS.
“We know that recycling and the environment is a priority for Brimbank residents as well as for Council.
“Not only would the scheme improve recycling rates in the community, it would help educate our children and community on the importance of reusing and recycling. It would also bring community members together to do the right thing, and raise funds by doing so,” Cr Truong said.