Senator Whish-Wilson said, "The evidence is out there that container deposit schemes are crucial to a healthy recycling system, and would help end Australia’s recycling crisis, but still both the Victorian and Tasmanian Governments remain opposed to them.
"Container deposit schemes are a massive benefit that would reduce the plastic pollution that is choking our oceans, improve recycling, create jobs and return money to individuals and community groups.
"Victorians and Tasmanians should be horrified at the environmental and economic inaction of their state governments."
A Senate inquiry in 2016 into the threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia recommended a national container deposit scheme and added that if all states and territories hadn’t introduced container deposit scheme legislation by 2020, the Federal Government should revisit the issue with the view to developing legislation for those jurisdictions.
"The state governments would be foolish to ignore this recommendation, particularly when tonnes of Victorian recycling is headed straight to landfill right now. If Victoria wasn’t so opposed to a container deposit scheme, its kerbside recycling may not be under so much pressure.
"The Greens strongly encourage both the Tasmanian Premier and the Victorian Premier to reconsider their opposition to a container deposit scheme in their states. The cost to the Australian environment is just too great.