the roundtable - 11 feb
extraordinary article appeared in the Mail Newspapers in January, titled “Home recycling
pick-up under threat”, the story talked about kerbside recycling under the
threat in Yarra Ranges if a Container Deposit Levy (CDL) was introduced.
astonishing claim was made by the CEO of the National Packaging Covenant Industry
Association. In the article Mr Stan Moore said if CDL is introduced it could
force Yarra Ranges Shire to reduce or even stop kerbside collection. Mr Moore
couldn’t be more wrong.
I’d like to
invite Mr Moore to take a quick stroll along our roadsides, reserves and
waterways where he can see for himself the amount of beverage containers in our
environment, that wouldn’t be in our environment if there was a price attached
to them. And who cleans them up, community volunteers and council.
submission to the Standing Committee on Environment and Planning in 2011 it was
highlighted that it is our estimation that beverage containers account for 15%
of litter collected in the Shire’s gross pollutant traps. Fifteen percent might
not sound like a lot but that equates to 44 tonnes of beverage containers in
any one year.
Yarra Ranges Council has long supported the
introduction of CDL because of the many benefits including reducing unsightly
and dangerous litter in the environment as well as increasing recycling rates saving
both energy and use of raw materials used in the production of packaging.
support the introduction of CDL and see it as being complimentary to our
kerbside recycling program.
At best it
is erroneous to suggest Yarra Ranges Council will abandon our kerbside
recycling, at worst it is scaremongering of the very worst order.
Labels: cdl, container deposit legislation, cr samantha dunn, shire of yarra ranges