Some positive news, the City of Melbourne has supported a campaign from the Municipal Association of Victoria calling for the introduction of a state-wide Container Deposit Scheme.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said a Container Deposit Scheme would help reduce plastic and glass being sent to landfill.
“The recycling system is broken, and we need to harness community and industry support to fix it,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The City of Melbourne will also look at increasing the amount of recycled products that we use in our infrastructure projects. Instead of having our glass bottles and plastic thrown in to landfill, they could be used to help build new roads, footpaths, bikeways and playground equipment.”Cr Cathy One
“We need to reward individuals and community groups who are doing the right thing when it comes to recycling. It’s time to provide an incentive for people who collect bottles and cans and give back to the community.”
The City of Melbourne has joined other Victorian Councils such as the City of Frankston, the city of Darebin and the City of Port Phillip in calling for the Victorian Government to introduce container deposit legislation into parliament.
Victoria and Tasmania are the only Australian states yet to commit to a scheme, according to Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, Cr Cathy Oke.
“South Australian first introduced their scheme in 1977, leading the nation on waste management. They currently offer a 10-cent deposit and refund on beverage containers,” Cr Oke said.
“Introducing a similar scheme in Victoria would help reduce litter while providing a commodity that could be used by our local industry.”
“Along with reducing litter, the scheme would ensure the beverage supplier industry takes greater responsibility for packaging, and rewards individuals, community groups, sporting clubs and charities for picking up littered beverage containers.”
More than $500 million of landfill levy income collected by Victorian Councils is available in the State Government’s Sustainability Fund and could be invested to increase capacity in the local recycling sector.
“We need the State Government to unlock the funds Councils have collected from landfill levies and invest in new technologies to transform our waste and resource recovery sector,” Cr Oke said.
“The City of Melbourne will also look at increasing the amount of recycled products that we use in our infrastructure projects. Instead of having our glass bottles and plastic thrown in to landfill, they could be used to help build new roads, footpaths, bikeways and playground equipment.”
It’s inspiring to hear politicians speaking in this way, as to close the loop, we as a nation need to develop new ways of reusing all recycled material to create products that last and contribute toward the end goal which is, zero landfill and maximise productivity through innovation.