Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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Support Labor's container deposit scheme

Wednesday 06 Jul 2011

 

Janine has been circulating a Petition to present in Parliament calling on the Barnett Government to immediately introduce a scheme similar to the one that has been operating in South Australia since the 1970s, in Western Australia.

 

"The petition was started at the request of a local schoolgirl who came to me asking me to help her draft a petition to ensure that Western Australia starts a container deposit scheme."

 

"The scheme would give people cash in exchange for returning used drink bottles and cans," Janine said

 

"It would increase recycling throughout Western Australia, dramatically reduce littering in our state and create an opportunities for young people, community groups and sporting clubs to cash in on money created by the scheme."

 

The previous Labor Government had been negotiating with other state Environment Ministers for a national Container Deposit Scheme to be introduced Australia wide.

 

"Unfortunately the Barnett Government has completely dropped the ball  and not progressed the issue at all," Janine said

 

"After two and a half years we have more waste going to landfill than ever before.

 

"Western Australia  should  join with South Australia and introduce its own scheme here."

 

For a copy of the petition, contact Janine on 9345 2005 or at nollamara@mp.wa.gov.au