Cash for containers appeal

Alma Sirbegovic, Tara Jones, Harri Davies and Karen Klollopsi support the Wanneroo cash for containers campaign.
Alma Sirbegovic, Tara Jones, Harri Davies and Karen Klollopsi support the Wanneroo cash for containers campaign.

Volunteers from the Conservation Council of WA recently went doorknocking in Wanneroo, asking the residents to contact their local MP to support a cash for containers refund scheme.

On Tuesday, CCWA’s recycling campaigner Mika Leandro delivered 235 request cards from people in the Wanneroo electorate to MLA Paul Miles, with another 93 received yesterday.

‘The 235 signed postcards delivered to me by the Conservation Council of WA show there is support in this electorate for a recycling program,’ Mr Miles said.

Candidate Brett Treby said WA Labor had been pursuing the 10c refund and had introduced a Bill in Parliament to implement a scheme.

Ms Leandro said a drink container refund had existed in South Australia since the 1970s.

‘As a result, South Australia has by far the best recycling and lowest beverage container litter in Australia,’ she said.

She said WA had an average recycling rate of 20 per cent, compared with SA’s 80 per cent, and that last year in WA, 1.4 billion drink containers were buried in landfill or ended up as litter.

She said a refund scheme would benefit community groups by turning container litter into a fundraising opportunity.

‘The South Australian Scouts make millions each year while supporting community service by our youth and helping to clean up the environment ” sports clubs are also a big beneficiary,’ Ms Leandro said.

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