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Greens deliver ‘Message On A Bottle’ to Garrett

On behalf of the Australian Greens, Fremantle MLA Adele Carles will today hand over hundreds of signed plastic bottles to Peter Garrett to call on the Federal Government to deliver a long overdue nationwide scheme to recycle drink containers.

The handover will take place as Federal and State environment ministers deliberate in Perth over whether to initiate a national container deposit scheme as has been pushed by the Australian Greens.

“It’s about time Australia had a national reduce, re-use and recycling policy – and a drink bottle recycling is the first place to start,” Ms Carles said.

“That’s why we are delivering these hundreds of ‘Messages On A Bottle’ from the public to Mr Garrett today, as well as a petition signed by 2,000 people.

“Every year, Australians throw away 11 billion drink containers,” Ms Carles continued.

“Yet polls show that the vast majority of the public want a drink container deposit scheme as proposed by the Greens.

“The Greens have proposed a 10 cent levy on all recycled containers, which would encourage recycling and improve Australia’s economy and environment by:

• Cutting Greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one million tonnes a year (equivalent to switching 135,000 homes to renewable energy);

• Saving enough water to supply more than 30,000 Australian homes; and

• Creating more than 3,000 new jobs and $500 million of new economic activity each year.

“This decision could be a win-win for Mr Garrett,” Ms Carles said.

“It is time Mr Garrett stood up for environment and stopped worrying about pressure from a small number of manufacturers.”

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