States take lead on container deposit scheme

Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:41

The Morrison Government has done little but talk about Australia’s waste crisis while the plastic export ban is now little more than a year away.

Federal Labor congratulates the Andrews Labor Government on its decision to introduce a container deposit scheme in Victoria. This announcement means that by 2023 all states and territories in Australia will have implemented a scheme of this kind.

Across the country, State and Territory Governments are tackling the growing waste crisis – with investment in tangible new measures like container deposit schemes, bans on single-use plastics, and the strategic implementation of higher recycling targets. But so far the Morrison Government has failed to respond with strategic action at the national level.

At a time when Australia is facing a waste crisis that requires national leadership, Scott Morrison repackages existing funds and recycles old announcements, rather than bearing down on the plan and policy action needed to deal with Australia’s waste crisis.

Despite making a lot of noise about waste, both in Australia and on the world stage, the Coalition’s record of underachievement is stark:

  • No direct funding for recycling infrastructure
  • No leadership when it comes to a national ban on single-use plastics or a national container deposit scheme
  • No action on federal procurement of recycled products to support local demand
  • No meaningful reform in relation to Product Stewardship regulation

The Morrison Government has done little but talk about Australia’s waste crisis while the plastic export ban is now little more than a year away.

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