The Australian Greens today joined myriad volunteers from their local communities, removing rubbish from creeks, parks, beaches and roadsides.
Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated that much of that rubbish wouldn’t be there to begin with if all Australians could return their drink bottles and cans for a 10c refund, like they do in SA and the NT.
"After cigarette butts, the top rubbish items collected during Clean Up Australia Day are plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans, all of which can be prevented from becoming litter with a 10c refund.
"Cash for container schemes have consistently been proven as the most reliable and cost-effective way to recycle the rubbish that pollutes our landscapes and oceans, and are being rolled out around the globe.
"Tasmanians care about doing their bit for the environment and want to see a refund scheme. It’s a no-brainer.
"Today is the perfect opportunity to voice our continuing support for a solution to plastic pollution."
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG), will be announcing their recommendations in relation to a national refund scheme on 11 April. A national scheme is the best option for Australia, allowing the incorporation of the existing NT and SA schemes.